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1812 was 61 years before the founding of the City of Birmingham and seven years before Alabama became a state.





In 1812, the Napoleonic Wars continued in Europe. The New Madrid earthquakes, which began in December 1811, subsided. The term and concept of gerrymandering was invented. Louisiana was admitted as a state. The War of 1812 began. The first volume of Grimm's Fairy Tales was published.

Notable births in 1812 included writer Charles Dickens, jeweler Charles Lewis Tiffany, watchmaker Aaron Lufkin Dennison, writer Robert Browning, astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle, and winemaker Nathaniel de Rothschild. Notable deaths included former vice president George Clinton, Shakespearean scholar Edmond Malone, British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval (assassinated), and native guide Sacagawea.

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