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National Anthem (1931)

March 3

Star Spangled Banner becomes the National Anthem (1931)

  • September 14, 1814 – written by Francis Scott Key as he witnessed the Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the War of 1812
  • January 11, 1843 – Francis Scott Key died (of pleurisy)
  • 1916 – President Woodrow Wilson announced that Star Spangled Banner should be played at all official events
  • 1930 – Veterans of Foreign Wars petitioned for the US to officially recognize “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem
  • March 4, 1931President Herbert Hoover signed the bill
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