TODAY IN HISTORY
Sept. 14, 1814
Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” (later “The Star-Spangled Banner”) after witnessing the American flag flying over the Maryland fort following a night of British naval bombardment during the War of 1812. ALSO ON THIS DATE
President William McKinley died in Buffalo, New York, of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin; Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him.
Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before.