U.S. & World
In revenge for the burning of York (Toronto), British troops burn much of Washington, D.C., after the Battle of Bladensburg. The Library of Congress is destroyed, but Congress decides to start anew by purchasing Thomas Jefferson's personal library.
The Treaty of Ghent ends the War of 1812
, but the Battle of New Orleans is fought two weeks later (in January 1815
) because word of the peace has not yet arrived.
Francis Scott Key watches British ships bombard Fort McHenry in Baltimore and pens the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which Congress will declare the national anthem in 1931.
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