Fun Facts about the Star Spangled Banner, the National Anthem of the USA

– the lyrics were written by Francis Scott Key, when he witnessed the British bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812

– the song was the “Anacreontic Song”, or “To Anacreon in Heaven”, a pre-existing song already popular during that time

– the Star Spangled Banner has 4 stanzas, but only the 1st stanza is commonly sung

– the Star Spangled Banner has a range of an octave and a half, making it difficult to sing

– the Star Spangled Banner became the official national anthem in 1931

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