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The Bombardment of Baltimore

July 4, 201225 min
After a night of shelling in the War of 1812, Baltimore was unsure if its fort had survived. At dawn, observers saw an American flag over the fort. Francis Scott Key composed a poem about the night -- and that poem eventually became the national anthem.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit