- At dawn on this day 200 years ago on a British ship, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write a poem he called "Defence of Fort McHenry."
- He later took the melody of British composer John Stafford Smith's To Anacreon in Heaven, which has something to do with Venus and Bacchus making love--it is known in the United Kingdom as The Drinking Song--and voila, The Star Spangled Banner (click to hear how this song was probably sung in the early days).
- Of course, this "borrowing from the British was common then, as for example, My Country Tis of Thee is God Save the Queen (or King when there is a king)
Indisputably, a memorable one was Roseanne Barr's rendition at a San Diego Padre's baseball game with Cincinnati in 1990 where she grabbed her crotch. At least she got the words right. However, said to be the absolute worst is Kat DeLuna's 2008 misterpiece for the Dallas Cowboys.