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Late Night: Star Spangled Birthday

Today is the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.

Bursting in Air

Richard Armour gives us the background:

In an attempt to take Baltimore, the British attacked Fort McHenry, which protected the harbor. Bombs were soon bursting in air, rockets were glaring, and all in all it was a moment of great historical interest. During the bombardment, a young lawyer named Francis Off Key wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner”, and when, by the dawn’s early light, the British heard it sung, they fled in terror.

To celebrate here’s Whitney Houston, you gotta admit she nailed it.


And Jimi Hendrix nails it as only Hendrix can.


Not surprisingly Baltimore went all out for the bicentennial with a week long celebration, tall ships and all. And fireworks.

(Speaking of flags, what happens to the Union Jack if Scottish independence queues up Auld Lang Syne?)

Photo by Auni Gelles under Creative Commons license

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