1872

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1872 was the first year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.

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In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established as the world's first national park. The magazine Popular Science began publication. U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Amnesty Act of 1872 into law, restoring full civil rights to all but about 500 Confederate sympathizers. The first Shriners Temple was established in New York City. Ulysses S. Grant defeated Horace Greeley in the presidential election. The Mary Celeste was found mysteriously unmanned, but still seaworthy.

Notable books published in 1872 included Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy and In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu.

Notable births in 1872 included baseball player Willie Keeler, painter Piet Mondrian, philosopher & mathematician Bertrand Russell, cartoonist & illustrator Heath Robinson, aviation pioneer Louis Blériot, President Calvin Coolidge, explorer Roald Amundsen, Chief Justice Harlan F. Stone, painter Louis Dewis, and actress Maude Adams. Notable deaths included financier Big Jim Fisk, explorer William Wentworth, inventor Samuel Morse, King Charles XV of Sweden and Norway, General George Meade, and newspaper founder Horace Greeley.

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