1855

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1855 was 16 years before the founding of the City of Birmingham and the 36th year of Alabama statehood.

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In 1855, the Taiping Rebellion continued. Sir Henry Bessemer patented the "Bessemer process" for the mass-production of steel from molten pig iron. Alexander II became Emperor of Russia. The Mount Sinai Hospital opened. The Daily Telegraph began publication. David Livingstone became the first European to see Victoria Falls.

Notable births in 1855 razor inventor King Camp Gillett, firearm designer John Browning, adding machine inventor William Seward Burroughs I, astronomer Percival Lowell, baseball player Hardy Richardson, and meteorologist Léon Teisserenc de Bort. Notable deaths included scientist Carl Friedrich Gauss, Nicholas I of Russia, Bowery Boys gang member William Poole, author Charlotte Brontë, and naturalist William John Swainson.

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