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1818 was 53 years before the founding of the City of Birmingham and one year before Alabama became a state.





In 1818, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was published. Chile proclaimed its independence from Spain. Congress passed legislation specifying the flag of the United States have 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state. Brooks Brothers opened its first men's clothing store. The Treaty of 1818 between the U.S. and the United Kingdom establishes the northern boundary as the 49th parallel from the Lake of the Woods to the Rocky Mountains. Illinois was admitted as a state. The music for "Silent Night" was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber. The first Farmers' Almanac was published.

Notable births in 1818 included abolitionist Frederick Douglass, political philosopher Karl Marx, composer Charles Gounod, astronomer Angelo Secchi, novelist Emily Brontë, and physicist James Prescott Joule. Notable deaths included patriot Paul Revere and Emperor Egwale Seyon of Ethiopia.

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