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6 Myths About the Battle of New Orleans

On the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, learn the truth behind six common myths about the last major engagement of the War of 1812.

Francis Scott Key watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry

9 Things You May Not Know About “The Star-Spangled Banner”

On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key spotted an American flag still waving over Baltimore’s Fort McHenry after a fierce night of British bombardment. In a patriotic fervor, Key penned the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Explore nine surprising facts about the national anthem of the United States and the man who wrote its lyrics.

Burning of the White House, 1814 (Credit: White House Association)

The British Burn Washington, D.C., 200 Years Ago

As the War of 1812 neared its conclusion, British forces torched the White House, the Capitol and nearly every other public building in Washington.

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The Burning of Buffalo, 200 Years Ago

Months before torching Washington, D.C., in the War of 1812, British forces burned Buffalo, New York, to the ground 200 years ago.

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6 Things You May Not Know About Tecumseh

On the 200th anniversary of Tecumseh’s death, get the facts on the legendary Shawnee war chief.

U.S. Navy Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry

The Battle of Lake Erie, 200 Years Ago

“We have met the enemy and they are ours,” proclaimed Oliver Perry after defeating a British fleet on Lake Erie 200 years ago.

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This Year in History: 2012

As 2012 comes to an end, explore some of the year’s stories, as covered by History in the Headlines.

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How USS Constitution Became ‘Old Ironsides’ 200 Years Ago

Two hundred years ago, USS Constitution defeated HMS Guerriere and earned the nickname “Old Ironsides.”

U.S. Invasion of Canada

How U.S. Forces Failed to Conquer Canada 200 Years Ago

The United States’ invasion of Canada 200 years ago went awry from the start.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the War of 1812

Explore 10 surprising facts about the conflict between the United States and Great Britain.