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1821 was 50 years before the founding of the City of Birmingham and two years after Alabama became a state.






In 1821, James Monroe was sworn in for his second term as President. Greece declared its liberation from the Ottoman Empire, beginning the Greek War of Independence. The United States took possession of its newly bought territory of Florida from Spain. Peru and Panama declared independence from Spain. Missouri was admitted as a state. Mexico gained its independence from Spain.

Notable births included mathematician Pafnuty Chebyshev, golfer Old Tom Morris, Bowery Boy William Poole, financier Jay Cooke, designer Louis Vuitton, pathologist Rudolf Virchow, writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky, writer Gustave Flaubert, and Red Cross founder Clara Barton. Notable deaths included Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, poet John Keats, former emperor Napoleon of France, writer John William Polidori, and King Pōmare II of Tahiti.

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