facebook
twitter
search
search

'Star-Spangled Banner' turns 197

Sept. 14, 2011 at 2:04 PM
3 of 3
| License Photo

BALTIMORE, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The "Star-Spangled Banner," the U.S. national anthem written by Francis Scott Key in Baltimore, marked its 197th anniversary Wednesday.

Wednesday was the 197th year since the song was originally written as the poem "Defense of Fort McHenry" in 1814, ABC News reported.

The poem, which was later set to the tune of an old English song, became the national anthem in 1931.

Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Lawsuit: Meth found at bottom of In-N-Out Burger beverage
Winning lottery number shown on live TV before drawn
China: Distillers added Viagra to popular alcoholic beverage
Mystery pooper targeting holes of Norwegian golf course
'Very aggressive' turkey terrorizes University of Michigan campus