March 3, 1931
DID YOU KNOW the history on The National Anthem of the United States?
On March 3, 1931 President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional act making The Star-Spangled Banner” the official national anthem of the United States. Herbert Hoover signs a congressional act making “The Star-Spangled Banner” the official national anthem of the United States.
Most of us know that on September 14, 1814 Francis Scott Key composed the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” after seeing first hand the witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812. While watching this siege from a British ship, he penned the famous words after observing with awe that Fort McHenry’s flag survived the 1,800-bomb assault.
Throughout the 19th century, “The Star-Spangled Banner” was regarded as the national anthem by most branches of the U.S. armed forces and other groups, but it was not until 1916, and the signing of an executive order by President Woodrow Wilson, that it was formally designated as such. In March 1931, Congress passed an act confirming Wilson’s presidential order, and on March 3 President Hoover signed it into law.