Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Birthday America!!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

(Pre-crack) Whitney killed this. Her performance at the 1991 Superbowl is easily the best rendition I've EVER heard of our national anthem. I still get goosebumps when I hear it.

Random history lesson:

Although the 'Star Spangled Banner' is the song most commonly associated with Independence Day celebrations, the United States didn't even have a national anthem when it succeeded from British rule in 1776.

It wasn't until dawn of September 14, 1814 during the War of 1812's Battle of Baltimore when Francis Scott Key, a lawyer from Washington who had come to Baltimore to negotiate the release of a civilian POW being held by the British, witnessed and survived a battle between the Americans and the Brits, saw the U.S. flag emerge intact and wrote a poem entitled 'The Defense of Fort McHenry'. The poem was later set to music (ironically enough, our national anthem was set to the tune of a British drinking game song) and become 'The Star Spangled Banner'.

Hooray America.


yet another black guy said...

interesting fact i never knew.

and i was in high school when she did this.

Mr. Jones said...

Yeah...the American Flag and the National Anthem is all I learned about in Baltimore schools.

Kinda like Philly area schools teach kids about the Constitution and Boston area kids learn all bout the Tea Party.

Darius T. Williams said...

Yes sir...she KILLED it!

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