On September 3, 1814, Francis Scott Key and John Stuart Skinner, an American prisoner-exchange agent, set sail from Baltimore aboard the ship HMS Minden flying a flag of truce on a mission approved by President James Madison. Their objective was to secure the release of Dr. William Beanes, the elderly and popular town physician of Upper Marlboro, and a friend of Key’s who had been captured in his home. Beanes was accused of aiding the arrest of British soldiers. Key and Skinner boarded the British flagship HMS Tonnant on September 7 and spoke with Major General Robert Ross and Admiral Alexander Cochrane over dinner, while they discussed war plans. At first, Ross and Cochrane refused to release Beanes, but relented after Key and Skinner showed them letters written by wounded British prisoners praising Beanes and other Americans for their kind treatment. (more…)
Phish before the New Jersey Nets game on 6/12/03.
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Marvin Gaye at the 1983 NBA All Star game.
It’s Monday. What did you do today? Hard day back at work? First day of the new school year? Still recovering from the weekend?
Well, I work for probably one of the best companies around and they shut down the office at noon and took the entire staff to the Braves game today! We kicked back with a few beers, hot dogs and good company and sweated in the 100 degree heat.