1859 - Katharine Lee Bates was born 12th of August in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
1880 - Graduated from Wellesley College.
1893 - The first draft of "America the Beautiful" was hastily jotted in a notebook.
- Bates spent teaching English at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
1895 - Her poem first appeared in print in The Congregationalist, a weekly journal, for Independence Day.
1904 - Revised version of her poem was printed in the Boston Evening Transcript.
1847-1903 - The hymn has been sung to other music, but the familiar tune that Ray Charles delivered is by Samuel A. Ward.
1889 - Bates is credited with creating Mrs. Claus in the poem Goody Santa Claus on a Sleigh Ride from the collection; Sunshine and other Verses for Children.
1929 - Katharine Lee Bates died in Wellesley, Massachusetts on 26th of March.
1970 - She was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.
Katharine Lee Bates is remembered as the author of the words to the anthem "America the Beautiful".
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