Halloween’s Ancient History

Halloween’s Ancient History

Halloween is a time for children and adults to dress out of character and receive free candy and other treats, but the history of what would become this popular American practice of costumes and candy-begging started millenia ago. Despite the holiday’s ancient origins, Halloween’s North American traditions were not firmly established until the 1930s, making what […]

‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ Turns 200

‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ Turns 200

The Star-Spangled Banner, America’s national anthem, turned 200-years-old Saturday, Sept. 13. Written by Francis Scott Key in Baltimore during the War of 1812, Key composed what is now the U.S. anthem after espying the American flag flying at Fort McHenry after a night of bombardment by the British. During the bombardment, 800 rockets and around 1800 […]

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