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Old 09-15-2004, 08:49 PM   #184
Steve M.
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One hundred and ninety years ago yesterday - September 14, 1814 - Francis Scott Key, having watched the British bombardment of Fort McHenry near Baltimore, wrote the poem "The Star-Spangled Banner" after seeing the U.S. flag still flying after the battle.

Set to the music of an old English drinking song, with the world "free" set to a note too proposterously high for any singer to reach, it quickly becaem a popular patriotic song and was made the national anthem in 1931, angering advocates for "America The Beautiful."

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