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1797 was 74 years before the founding of the City of Birmingham and 22 years before Alabama became a state.





In 1797, the French Revolution continued. John Adams was sworn in as the second President. Horatio Nelson was wounded at the Battle of Santa Cruz, losing an arm. Joseph Haydn composed the tune which became the German national anthem, "Deutschland, Deutschland über alles".

Notable births in 1797 included composer Franz Schubert, piano manufacturer Henry E. Steinway, Emperor Wilhelm I of Germany, author Mary Shelley, geologist Charles Lyell, and scientist Joseph Henry. Notable deaths included politician and writer Horace Walpole; philosopher Edmund Burke; British officer Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst; feminist author Mary Wollstonecraft; and King Frederick William II of Prussia.

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