On August 1, 1779, Francis Scott Key was born. During the War of 1812 he wrote the lyrics to The Star-Spangled Banner.
He was an attorney sent to negotiate the release of an American prisoner. While he was detained by the British, aboard a ship near Baltimore’s harbor, he witnessed Fort McHenry being bombarded. When the sun came up he was delighted to see an American flag flying in the distance. He was inspired to pen the words that became our national anthem (and later set to music). Learn more at https://goo.gl/azcw3t.