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Noun1.Francis Scott Key - United States lawyer and poet who wrote a poem after witnessing the British attack on Baltimore during the War of 1812Francis Scott Key - United States lawyer and poet who wrote a poem after witnessing the British attack on Baltimore during the War of 1812; the poem was later set to music and entitled `The Star-Spangled Banner' (1779-1843)
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| March 3 THE USA adopted The Star-Spangled Banner as their country's National Anthem today in 1931, a full 117 years after the anthem was written by Francis Key. Previously, their anthem of choice was My Country 'tis of Thee, which they sang to the tune of God Save the Queen.