The Star Spangled Banner

On September 14, 1814, 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key began writing a poem he called “Defence of Fort M’Henry” after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the large American flag known as the Star-Spangled Banner flying triumphantly above … Continue reading The Star Spangled Banner

Thailand #495 (1967)

Thai National Flag / ธงชาติไทย

Thailand doesn’t have a formal Flag Day holiday but if it did, the date would be celebrated on September 28. That is the date in 1917 that the current flag — popularly called Thong Trairong (ธงไตรรงค์), or “tri-color flag” — was adopted by a royal decree issued by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) and enacted into law by the Flag Act of B.E. 2460 (1917). The story goes that during the … Continue reading Thai National Flag / ธงชาติไทย