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1794 was 77 years before the founding of the City of Birmingham and 25 years before Alabama became a state.




In 1794, the French Revolution continued. Eli Whitney was granted a patent for the cotton gin. The University of Tennessee was established at Knoxville.

Notable births in 1794 included Commodore Matthew C. Perry, entrepreneur Cornelius Vanderbilt, nutritionist Sylvester Graham, and poet William Cullen Bryant. Notable deaths included historian Edward Gibbon; judge Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden; and physician James Lind.

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