September 13, 1814
Francis Scott Key pens a poem that later is set to music and in 1931 becomes America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
September 15, 1978
Boxer Muhammad Ali defeats Leon Spinks at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to win the world heavyweight boxing title for the third time in his career, the first fighter ever to do so.
September 17, 1862
Confederate and Union troops in the Civil War clash near Maryland’s Antietam Creek in the bloodiest one-day battle in American history.