Contemporary audiences, however, will recognize the song by its more common name, "The Star-Spangled Banner".
- "The Star-Spangled Banner" was named the National Anthem of the United States in 1931.
- The "Star-Spangled Banner" was sung before all major-league baseball games starting in World War Two. However, it was frequently sung during the season openers and during the seventh-inning stretch as far back as 1897.
- The flag which flew over Fort McHenry had fifteen stars and fifteen stripes.
- 61% of Americans are unable to recall all the words to the first stanza of the song.
- The "rockets' red glare" came from Congreve rockets fired by the HMS Erebus. The "bombs bursting in air" came from the mortar ships HMS Terror, Volcano, Meteor, Devastation, and Aetna. I only mention this because those are some pretty wicked ship names. Too bad ancient Greek gods of darkness aren't influential members of Congress with control over defense spending.