200 years ago today, British forces began bombarding Fort McHenry in Baltimore’s harbor. The attack continued throughout the say and night. All the lights were extinguished in Baltimore, so the only light was given off by the exploding shells over Fort McHenry, illuminating the flag that was still flying over the fort.
Witnessing the attack from a British ship was American lawyer Francis Scott Key, who was being held captive. Inspired by the sight, Key wrote a poem called “Defence of Fort M’Henry.” His poem would later be set to music and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
A letter from Maj. Gen. Samuel Smith to James Monroe about the bombardment of Fort McHenry and a list of those killed and wounded in the battle are currently on display at the National Archives Museum’s “Featured Documents” exhibit.
Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.
(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)
"Though the Smith era relied heavily on serialization (though perhaps not as much as, say, the Tom Baker era), callbacks and drawn out arcs, the true brilliance of the Eleventh Doctor could often be best revealed in relatively self-contained stories. "Vincent and the Doctor" has its relationship to other episodes, of course, but you can happily watch it all by itself and be just as entertained, and just as moved. There’s a remarkably pure quality to this episode, as both The Doctor and Amy see their own torment in Vincent (played wonderfully by Tony Curran), and realize that, while you can’t save everyone, you can make life a bit brighter for even a doomed, broken person. That’s a powerful message for this little adventure, and its final scene…well, if you don’t get teary, I have to question if you’re human.”