The valiant defense of Fort McHenry on the night of September 13, 1814, during the Battle of Baltimore inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” His message 200 years ago and the poem he set to music quickly spread and became the rallying cry for the new nation. Today, “The Star Spangled Banner” plays a central part in our everyday lives, but it wasn’t until 1931 that Congress declared it our national anthem. On the occasion of the anthem’s 200th birthday, GREAT PERFORMANCES and Maryland Public Television present an entertainment event on the beautiful Baltimore Harbor front to commemorate the anthem’s creation and the courageous battle that inspired it.
The valiant defense of Fort McHenry on the night of September 13, 1814, during the Battle of Baltimore inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Joan Hickson as Miss Marple
The murder investigation is underway and a number of people come under scrutiny. Watch Preview.
Full view of Mount Rushmore
The wonderful and bizarre story of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial’s creation is detailed. Watch Preview.
"Grüne Woche" in Berlin (1937)
Am 29. Januar 1937 eröffnete der faschistische Ministerpräsident des Nazi-Reiches, Hermann Göring(rechts), die "Grüne Woche". Auf einer für den faschistischen Raubkrieg vorbereitenden Sonderschau "Sparsame Hausfrau" probierten Göring und Reichsbauernführer R.W. Darré (links) Brotaufstrich aus Rohkost. Diese Schau wurde vom Deutschen Frauenwerk, einer Gliederung der NSDAP, durchgeführt.
A look at the private life of Hermann Goring, Hitler’s devoted follower and second-in-command.
Celia (ANNE REID), Alan (DEREK JACOBI)
An unexpected visitor forces Alan to think about his past, making Gillian and Caroline anxious, his decision to keep his secret from Celia is bound to backfire. Watch Preview.
Aretha Franklin performs during "The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House" in the East Room of the White House, April 14, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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Join President and Mrs. Obama for a celebration of gospel music and its profound influence on American music. Watch Preview.