1873

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Birmingham in 1873-75 by A. C. Oxford

1873 was the second year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.

Events

James Powell in 1873

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See also, 1873 cholera epidemic.

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In 1873, Congress enacted the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" books through the mail. President Ulysses S. Grant began his second term. Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received a patent for using copper rivets to strengthen the pockets of denim work pants. The Canadian Parliament established the North-West Mounted Police (later renamed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police). The New York stock market crash triggered the Panic of 1873, part of the Long Depression.

Notable books published in 1873 included Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne and The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today by Mark Twain and Charles Warner.

Notable births in 1873 included film mogul Adolph Zukor, writer Colette, baseball player & manager John McGraw, pharmacologist Otto Loewi, surgeon Alexis Carrel, inventor Lee De Forest, etiquette expert Emily Post, businessman Charles Rudolph Walgreen, athlete Ray Ewry, blues composer W. C. Handy, writer Ford Madox Ford, and politician Al Smith. Notable deaths included Emperor of the French Napoleon III, murderer Mary Ann Cotton (executed), painter Wilhelm Marstrand, General Edward Canby, chemist Justus von Liebig, explorer David Livingstone, Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase, and philosopher John Stuart Mill.

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