NATIONAL ANTHEM ADOPTED ON THIS DATE IN 1931

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“The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of America. The lyrics come from 
"Defense of Fort McHenry”, a poem written in 1814 by a 35 year old lawyer, Francis Scott Key (above), after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British naval ships in 
Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.  The actual flag that flew over Fort McHenry is also pictured above. The “Star-Spangled Banner" was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution and was signed by President Herbert Hoover.

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Francis Scott Key is depicted reaching out to the “Star-Spangled Banner”

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Original copy of Key’s poem, on display at the Maryland Historical Society

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THE ‘’SCHNOZZOLA’’ WAS BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1893

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James Francis "Jimmy" Durante, star of radio, TV and films was one
of  most familiar and popular comedians of the 1920s through the
1970s. He died on January 29, 1980 at the age of 86.

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                                            “Inka Dinka Doo”

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GAME SHOW DEBUTED ON THIS DATE IN 1950

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What’s My Line? a panel game show which originally ran on the CBS Television
Network from 1950 until it’s cancellation in 1967. It is the longest-running game
show in the history of U.S. prime time television. It was hosted by John Charles
Daly with panelists Dorothy Kilgallen. Arlene Francis, and Bennett Cerf. 

The show won three Emmy Awards for “Best Quiz or Audience Participation Show”
in 1952, 1953 and a Golden Globe for Best TV show in 1962. After it was 
cancelled by CBS in 1967, it returned in syndication as a daily production
returned in syndication as a daily production which ran from 1968 until 1975.

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DANNY THOMAS WAS BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1912

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The career of comedian Danny Thomas began on radio in the 1940’s
playing the brother-in-law Amos on The Bickersons with stars Don
Ameche and Francis Langford. Danny is best know for the TV sitcom
The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy). It ran from 1953 to 
1957 on ABC and on CBS from 1957 to 1964. Thomas is the founder
of ST. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He died on February 6,
1991 of heart failure. 

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Danny and his daughter Marlo Thomas pose with the statue of St.Jude

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ACTRESS ANNE FRANCIS, DEAD AT 80

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        Anne Francis died Sunday of natural cause at a nursing home in  
        Santa Barbara, California. She was most remembered for her
        role in the science fiction classic Forbidden Planet (1956). Her
        career began at the early age of eleven on Broadway.  
 
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        Anne Francis with “Robby” the robot in Forbidden Planet 

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       Anne as a mannequin in the 1960 Twilight Zone episode 
       The After Hours.

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