2022

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2022 is the 151st year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.

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A volcanic eruption at Hunga Tonga on January 15 caused tsunami flooding across the Pacific. Russia invaded Ukraine. The U.S. Supreme Court reversed its 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade. NASA's James Webb Space Telescope began transmitting its first images. Charles III was crowned King of the United Kingdom.

Annie Ernaux won the Nobel Prize for literature. Geneticist Svante Pääbo won the Noble Prize for medicine for his research into the Neanderthal genome. The Nobel Peace Prize was shared between supporters of civil society in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

Notable people who died in 2022 included actors James Caan, Angela Lansbury, Ray Liotta, Nichelle Nichols, Sidney Poitier, Paul Sorvino and William Hurt; anthropologist Richard Leakey; basketball player Bill Russell; comedians Gallagher and Gilbert Gottfried; film directors Peter Bogdanovich and Jean-Luc Godard; football coach Dan Reeves; football player Len Dawson; historian David McCullough; former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe; manga artist Kazuki Takahashi; musicians Coolio, Lamont Dozier, Naomi Judd, Loretta Lynn, Christine McVie, Meat Loaf, Olivia Newton-John, and Vangelis; novelist Peter Straub; philosopher Bruno Latour; Queen Elizbeth II of the United Kingdom; record executive Jim Stewart; former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; and former General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party Mikhail Gorbachev.

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