In 1914, Baltimore celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the Star-Spangled Banner. Festivities for the day included the automobile floral parade, the colonial garden party and tournament and then an evening carnival. Many also decorated their homes and storefronts with flags, bunting and pennants (shown above). (Baltimore Sun file photo)

1892: An early version of the Pledge of Allegiance appeared in “The Youth’s Companion.”

1930: The comic strip “Blondie,” created by Chic Young, was first published.

1930: Scotch cellophane tape made its debut as a sample of the tape, invented by Richard Drew of 3M, was shipped to a Chicago firm that specialized in wrapping bakery goods in cellophane.

1952: The Ernest Hemingway novel “The Old Man and the Sea” was published.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.