National Anthem Day
When : Always March 3rd
The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States of America. It was written by Francis Scott Key. National Anthem Day celebrates this song, and the rich history behind its creation. The song officially became our national anthem on March 3, 1931.
Celebrate today by proudly flying the flag. Also listen to and sing the Star-Spangled Banner.
A rich history..........
Many people think the Star Spangled Banner was written during the Revolutionary War. It was actually written during the war of 1812 (1812-1814).
In August 1814, the British army detained Dr. William Beanes as a prisoner of war. He was a friend of Francis Scott Key. On Sept. 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key and a U.S. negotiator boarded a British vessel where Beanes was being held. He negotiated his friends' release. But then, Francis Scott Key was detained that day along with the negotiator. They were held until after the attack on Fort McHenry, which guarded the harbor and city of Baltimore.
He watched the bombardment of the fort from the ship. The next morning, he was ecstatic to see that the American flag was still flying over Fort McHenry. This historic event inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner" the following day (September 14, 1814).
Correcting the confusion.........
A few people incorrectly assumed that National Anthem Day is September 14, the day the song was written. This is incorrect. National Anthem Day is every March 3rd, in celebration of the day that congress made the Star-Spangled Banner our national anthem.
This Day in History March 3
American Revolutionary War: The first amphibious landing of the United States Marine Corps begins the Battle of Nassau. (1776)
American Revolutionary War: The Continental Army is routed at the Battle of Brier Creek near Savannah, Georgia. (1779)
The U.S. Congress passes the Missouri Compromise. (1820)
Texans celebrate the first Texas Independence Day with the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence, officially broke Texas from Mexico, and creating the Republic of Texas. (1836)
Florida is admitted as the 27th U.S. state. (1845)
The U.S. Congress enacts the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" books through the mail. (1873)
The first ever organized indoor game of ice hockey is played in Montreal, Canada as recorded in The Montreal Gazette. (1875)
The American Telephone & Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York. (1885)
Thousands of women march in a suffrage parade in Washington, D.C. (1913)
NACA, the predecessor of NASA, is founded. (1915)
TIME magazine is published for the first time. (1923)
The United States adopts The Star-Spangled Banner as its national anthem. (1931)
Oil is discovered in Saudi Arabia. (1938)
Jackie Brenston, with Ike Turner and his band, records "Rocket 88", often cited as "the first rock and roll record", at Sam Phillips' recording studios in Memphis, Tennessee. (1951)
NASA launches Apollo 9 to test the lunar module. (1969)
An amateur video captures the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers. (1991)