Tuesday, September 14, 2010

On This Day...September 14

1814 - Francis Scott Key wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner" after witnessing the 1812 British bombardment of Fort McHenry, MD. In 1931 the song became the official U.S. national anthem.

1847 - U.S. forces, led by General Winfield Scott, took control of Mexico City.

1901 - U.S. President William McKinley died of gunshot wounds, and was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.

1987 - Tony Magnuson set a new skateboard high jump record when he cleared 9.5 feet above the top of the U-ramp.

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