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And one of the most amazing facts of all, is that Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the Star-Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the U.S.A., from a song he originally composed commemorating William Eaton’s victory over the sultan of Tripoli in 1805."-- from a reader

Yes, and from what I would guess is the same source, Oren's "Power, Faith, and Fantasy," one learns that the Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty was originallly intended for Egypt.
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Contest Time: What was the name of the foreign playwright, whose play was being shown when the Star-Spangled Banner was given its first public performance, and what other connection does he have with American history?

This isn't an easy one.