On January 19, 1802, Francis Scott Key, author of "The Defence of Ft. McHenry," which later became our national anthem, married Mary Tayloe Lloyd in Annapolis. He called her Polly.
On January 19, 1868, Dr. Samuel Annan, who was born in Philadelphia in 1797, and who reported the first cases of a tracheotomy performed in Maryland while practicing medicine in Emmitsburg, died in Baltimore at Church Home.
On January 19, 1882, the Rev. John S. Stone, rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Frederick from Christmas 1828 until 1830, died at 87 in Cambridge, Mass.
On January 19, 1900, Jerome R. Swartley, a conductor of the B&O Railroad, who shot and killed Charles F. Seeberger, an electrician for the railroad, was released on bail after Judge John C. Motter ruled the shooting was not murder.
On January 19, 1923, Dr. Menahem T. Friedman was elected rabbi of the new Beth Sholom Synagogue.
On January 19, 1970, the demolition of The Mountain Theater, a Braddock Heights landmark, began. The first stage production was in 1939 and plays were presented for nearly 25 years. Stars such as James Gregory, Fay Spain and Peter Breck headlined productions there.
On January 19, 2008, George R. Houston, Jr., the 23rd president of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, died at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, of pancreatic cancer.