“To Anacreon in Heaven”

The Greek Poet, Anacreon.

What or who the hell is “Anacreon” you ask?  Well he was a Greek poet who was known for his songs praising love and wine.  Those two things don’t mix that well, probably, but maybe they were songs about love, and songs about wine, separately.  Who knows.

The Lawyer Poet, Francis Key.

On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key, was watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British during the War of 1812, which was clearly not fought in 1812 proven by the aforementioned date.  While  watching the “rockets red glare” he wrote the words to the “Star Spangled Banner.”  It wasn’t a song, more like a poem or lyrics to a song.  He was a lawyer who was being detained on a British ship, although I don’t know the details of why he was being detained.  It clearly could have been simply that he was a lawyer.  At any rate, he was impressed by the fact that the “flag was still there,” after the British had pummeled the fort with 1,800 bombs, the American flag “still waved.”

You see everybody assumes the song “The Star Spangled Banner” has always been the National Anthem.  But it wasn’t, technically, until this date, March 3rd, 1931.  That’s when President Herbert – A Chicken In Every Pot – Hoover signed a congressional act making it so.  The music, a favorite British drinking song titled, “To Anacreon in Heaven” was added to the lyrics back in the 1800’s and was sung as the national anthem by most everyone from that point on.  You might be interested to know that the poem, “Defence of Fort McHenry” actually had four stanzas, but only one is normally sung today. 

Tomorrow, in 1952, Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis are getting married at The Little Brown Church in the Valley.  Wait, shouldn’t that be The Little WHITE Church in the Valley?  Nope, church is in Los Angeles.  Makes sense.

Hey, tomorrow, in 2005, they’re letting Martha Stewart out of federal prison in Virginia after serving 5 months for lying about insider trading of ImClone stock.  She was picked up outside the gate in a private jet.  WTF.



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