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1816 was 55 years before the founding of the City of Birmingham and three years before Alabama became a state.






In 1816, Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville debuted at Teatro Argentina. The African Methodist Episcopal Church was established by Rev. Richard Allen and other African-American Methodists. Lord Byron, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Polidori, gathered at the Villa Diodati in Switzerland, giving rise to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Polidori's The Vampyre. Argentina gained independence from Spain. James Monroe defeated Rufus King in the U.S. presidential election. Indiana was admitted as a state. E. Remington and Sons was founded. Robert Stirling patented his Stirling engine.

Notable births in 1816 included novelist Charlotte Brontë, shipbuilder William H. Webb, rugby ball inventor Richard Lindon, actress Charlotte Saunders Cushman, army general George Henry Thomas, and inventor and industrialist Werner von Siemens. Notable deaths included social science pioneer Adam Ferguson, Queen Maria I of Portugal, playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and U.S. founding father Gouverneur Morris.

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