2021

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2021 was 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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2021 Morehouse-Tuskegee Classic

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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. The James Webb Space Telescope was launched.

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, Dean Stockwell, Cicely Tyson, Jessica Walter, and Betty White; architect Helmut Jahn; astronaut Michael Collins; attorney F. Lee Bailey; authors Roberto Calasso, Eric Carle, Beverly Cleary, Joan Didion, bell hooks, Larry McMurtry, and Anne Rice; baseball hall of famers Hank Aaron and Don Sutton; basketball coach John Chaney; boxer Marvin Hagler; former cabinet secretaries Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, and George Schultz; cleric and activist Desmond Tutu; comedian Norm MacDonald; directors Robert Altman and Melvin Van Peebles; football coaches John Madden and 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 hosts Larry King and Rush Limbaugh; televangelist Ernest Angley; former vice president Walter Mondale; former U.S. Senators Bob Dole and Harry Reid; former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards; and Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy.

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