Timeline of Mobile, Alabama facts for kids

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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Mobile, Alabama, USA.

Prior to 19th century

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19th century

See also: Mobile, Alabama in the American Civil War
  • 1810 - Mobile becomes part of the independent Republic of West Florida.
  • 1813
    • Spanish West Florida annexed to the United States.
    • Mobile Gazette newspaper begins publication.
  • 1814 - Town of Mobile incorporated.
  • 1819 - City of Mobile incorporated.
  • 1821 - Mobile Commercial Register begins publication.
  • 1827 - Fire.
  • 1829 - Mobile Female Benevolent Society founded.
  • 1830
    • Spring Hill College and City Hospital established.
    • Population: 3,194.
  • 1835 - Franklin Society Reading Room and Library founded.
  • 1839 - October 2: Fire.
  • 1840
    • St. Francis Street Methodist Church founded.
    • Population: 12,672.
  • 1844 - Shaarai Shomayim congregation formed.
  • 1850
    • Mobile Evening News begins publication.
    • Population: 20,515.
    • Bienville Square (city park) established.
  • 1852 - Public schooling begins in Barton Academy building.
  • 1854 - Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce chartered.
  • 1855 - Publisher S.H. Goetzel in business (approximate date).
  • 1857 - City Hall built.
  • 1860 - Population: 29,258.
  • 1861 - City becomes part of the Confederate States of America.
  • 1864 - Wilmer Hall established.
  • 1865 - State colored convention held in city.
  • 1868 - Africatown established near Mobile.
  • 1869 - Mobile Bar Association and Mobile Law Library founded.
  • 1871 - Mobile Cotton Exchange established.
  • 1872 - Mobile Carnival Association established.
  • 1883
    • Fidelia Club formed.
    • Drago Band (musical group) active (approximate date).
  • 1889 - Mobile County Courthouse built.
  • 1890 - Mobile Camera Club founded.
  • 1894 - Clara Schumann Club (music group) formed.

20th century

  • 1902 - Mobile Public Library established.
  • 1907 - Union Depot built.
  • 1910 - Population: 51,521.
  • 1914 - Rotary Club of Mobile organized.
  • 1918 - Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company in business.
  • 1925 - Lincoln Theatre built.
  • 1927 - Saenger Theatre built.
  • 1929
    • Mobile Press newspaper begins publication.
    • Woman's Clubhouse Association founded.
  • 1936 - American Association of University Women of Mobile organized.
  • 1937
    • Foreign trade zone established.
    • Aluminum Ore Company refining plant constructed.
  • 1940 - Population: 78,720.
  • 1950 - Population: 129,009.
  • 1953 - Consular Corps of Mobile organized (approximate date).
  • 1960
    • Sister city agreement established with Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.
    • Population: 202,779.
  • 1962 - Mobile Genealogical Society founded.
  • 1964 - Mobile British Women's Club active (approximate date).
  • 1965 - Sister city agreement established with Málaga, Spain.
  • 1966 - Neighborhood Organized Workers established.
  • 1974
    • Azalea City News begins publication.
    • Sister city agreement established with Pau, France.
  • 1976 - City twins with Worms, Germany.
  • 1980
    • U.S. Supreme Court decides Mobile v. Bolden redistricting-related lawsuit.
    • Sister city agreement established with Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
  • 1982 - Sister city agreement established with Zakynthos, Greece (approximate date).
  • 1983 - Mobile Municipal Archives founded.
  • 1985 - U.S. Naval Station Mobile opens.
  • 1988 - Sister city agreement established with Rostov on Don, Russia.
  • 1989
    • Sister city agreement established with Pyeongtaek, South Korea.
    • Mike Dow becomes mayor.
  • 1990 - Sister city agreement established with Katowice, Poland.
  • 1992 - Sister city agreement established with Košice, Slovakia.
  • 1993
    • September 22: 1993 Big Bayou Canot train wreck.
    • Sister city agreement established with Havana, Cuba, and Ichihara, Japan.
  • 1995
    • City website online (approximate date).
    • Bayfest (Mobile) (music festival) begins.
  • 1998 - Sammy’s v. City of Mobile strip club-related lawsuit decided.

21st century

  • 2002 - Tricentennial of founding of Mobile.
  • 2005
    • Sam Jones becomes first African-American in city elected mayor.
    • City twins with Cockburn, Australia, and establishes sister city agreement with Bolinao, Philippines.
  • 2010 - Population: 195,111.
  • 2012 - Christmas tornado outbreak.
  • 2015 - Bayfest is canceled.

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