National Anthem Day

September 14, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning patriotic music history fans. Today is Wednesday, September 14th, 2013. Today’s holidays are:

National Anthem Day

On March 3rd, we celebrated another National Anthem Day which focused on the date that Francis Scott Key’s song became our National Anthem. This National Anthem Day holiday, however, celebrates the anniversary of the date in 1814 that Mr. Key wrote his poem, entitled “In Defense of Fort McHenry”, after witnessing the British attack on Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812, which became our National Anthem. The sight of the American flag flying triumphantly over Fort McHenry in the morning inspired his legendary words.
Key later decided to set his piece to music, and borrowed the tune from a popular song called “To Anacreon in Heaven.” Not long after it was first published, people began referring to the piece as “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The song became an overnight success, and bands began playing it during public events and military occasions.
In March of 1931, over a hundred years after Key wrote it, “The Star-Spangled Banner” became the official national anthem of the United States.
To celebrate this holiday, sing the National Anthem. As an added challenge, try to sing all of the verses to the song (there are four of them in total, you know). To make it easier for you, I have listed all of the verses below.

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
’Tis the star-spangled banner—O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

National Cream-Filled Donut Day

National Cream-Filled Donut Day is yet another in a seemingly endless list of donut-related holidays each year.
A donut is a small, fried ring of sweet, leavened dough. Donuts leavened with baking powder are denser than the fluffier, yeast-leavened doughnuts. Originally a Dutch recipe without a hole, the dough is dropped into hot oil and was originally called an olykoek, or oily cake. Food historians believe that the traditional “hole” in donuts was first created in 1847, by 16-year-old Hanson Gregory who used the top of a round tin pepper container to punch the holes, so the dough would cook evenly.
There are many types of doughnuts. Just a few include Bismarks or jelly doughnuts, raised doughnuts leavened with yeast, squares and twists, crullers made from twisted cake doughnut dough and French doughnuts made with cream-puff pastry dough. Donuts can be filled or unfilled, plain, glazed or iced.
But today, we’re celebrating National Cream-Filled Donut Day, so enjoy a cream-filled donut with your coffee this morning or as a snack anytime today.

Eat a Hoagie Day

The Hoagie sandwich originated in Philadelphia, PA. It layers a variety of cold lunch meats and cheeses on a long roll, often Italian or French bread, garnished with sweet and/or hot peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, oregano and a vinegar and olive oil dressing. While there are several explanations for the term “hoagie,” one of the prevailing ones is that it was introduced by Italian-Americans working at the shipyard known as Hog Island, in southwest Philadelphia, during World War II. It became known as the “Hog Island sandwich,” which evolved to “hoagie.”
Elsewhere in America, this sandwich may also be called a hero, a submarine, a po’boy, a grinder, a torpedo, or an Italian Sandwich. It varies by region. In Europe, this type of sandwich is known as a baguette or a ciabatta, after the type of bread used.
No matter what you call this delicious sandwich, enjoy one for lunch or dinner today.

National Coloring Day

National Live Creative Day

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

On this date in:

  • 1807 – Former Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge. Two weeks earlier Burr had been found innocent of treason.
  • 1847 – United States forces took control of Mexico City under the leadership of General Winfield Scott.
  • 1866 – George K. Anderson patented the typewriter ribbon.
  • 1899 – In New York City, Henry Bliss became the first automobile fatality.
  • 1901 – President William McKinley died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, at age 42, succeeded him.
  • 1915 – Carl G. Muench received a patent for Insulit, the first sound-absorbing material to be used in buildings.
  • 1940 – The Selective Service Act was passed by Congress providing the first peacetime draft in the United States.
  • 1948 – In New York, a groundbreaking ceremony took place at the site of the United Nations’ world headquarters.
  • 1960 – The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded. The core members were Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.
  • 1963 – Mary Ann Fischer gave birth to America’s first surviving quintuplets.
  • 1975 – Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first U.S.-born saint.
  • 1983 – The House of Representatives voted 416-0 on a resolution condemning the Soviet Union for the shooting down of a Korean jet on September 1.
  • 1984 – Joe Kittinger became the first person to fly a balloon solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1994 – It was announced that the season was over for the National Baseball League on the 34th day of the player’s strike. The final days of the regular season were canceled.
  • 1998 – Israel announced that they had successfully tested its Arrow-2 missile defense system. The system successfully destroyed a simulated target.
  • 1999 – Disney World closed down for the first time in its 28-year history. The closure was due to Hurricane Floyd heading for Florida.
  • 2001 – The FBI released the names of the 19 suspected hijackers that had taken part in the September 11 terror attacks on the United States.

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