By the dawn’s early light, on September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key spotted an American flag still triumphantly waving over Baltimore’s Fort McHenry after the British Royal Navy unleashed a thunderstorm of bombs.
So inspired by this sight, Key penned the lyrics to “Defense of Fort M’Henry,” which later became our national anthem.
You probably know it as the Star-Spangled Banner.
The battle song is belted out at schools, major sporting and political events.
But how well do you really know the song?
We asked people in the nation’s capital if they’d belt out the first verse of the patriotic tune for us.