2021

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2021 is the 150th year after the founding of the City of Birmingham. To mark the sesquicentennial, the city invited residents to write "love letters" to be archived at Birmingham Public Library and increased the fireworks budget for Thunder on the Mountain.

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RWDSU Mid-South Council representatives campaigning unsuccessfully to unionize the Bessemer Amazon Fulfillment Center, January 2021

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In 2021 the United States withdrew its military and diplomatic personnel from Afghanistan. In January insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol, disrupting Congress's certification of the 2020 presidential election. For inciting the mob, President Trump was impeached for a second time. In the Spring, widely-available vaccinations greatly reduced the spread of COVID-19 and allowed most restrictions to be lifted, only to be resumed in the fall with the spread of a "Delta" variant and a plateauing immunization campaign. Congress declared Juneteenth (June 19th) a federal holiday. Billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos rode their respective companies' commercial flights into space.

Notable people who died in 2021 included activist Vernon Jordan; actors Ed Asner, Ned Beatty, Olympia Dukakis, Charles Grodin, Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Plummer, George Segal, Cicely Tyson, and Jessica Walter; architect Helmut Jahn; astronaut Michael Collins; attorney F. Lee Bailey; authors Roberto Calasso, Eric Carle, Beverly Cleary and Larry McMurtry; baseball hall of famers Hank Aaron and Don Sutton; basketball coach John Chaney; basketball player/executive Elgin Baylor; boxer Marvin Hagler; comedian Norm MacDonald; directors Robert Altman and Melvin Van Peebles; football coach Marty Schottenheimer; fraudster Bernie Madoff; magician Mark Wilson; marketer Ron Popeil; musicians DMX, Dusty Hill, Biz Markie, Charlie Watts and Mary Wilson; poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; President of Haiti Jovenel Moïse; radio/television interviewer Larry King; radio host Rush Limbaugh; televangelist Ernest Angley; former Secretary of State George Schultz, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; former vice president Walter Mondale; Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards; and Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy.

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