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180 Years Ago…

This year is a momentous one for Bromberg and Company, as it is our 180th year in business. It’s such a big anniversary that it is hard to wrap one’s mind around it in some ways, especially since we have done our very best (and succeeded, we believe) to stay not just current, but relevant in our efforts as Alabama’s premier jeweler and bridal registry throughout our storied history. To lend a little perspective to the magnitude of this anniversary, here is a list of other important things that were happening at the time that we first opened our doors back in 1836:

– On January 5th Davy Crockett arrived in Texas, just in time for the Alamo
– Charles Darwin was on his big voyage upon the HMS Beagle
– Charles Dickens™ “Sketches by Boz” was first published
– Samuel Colt patented the 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm
– President Andrew Jackson made the announcement to Congress of a bequest by James Smithson of 100,000 gold sovereigns to found an institution in Washington (Now known as the Smithsonian Institute.)
– Thomas Cole painted View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm commonly known as “The Oxbow”
– The Creek War of 1836, also known as the Second Creek War or Creek Alabama Uprising, was a conflict in Alabama at the time of Indian Removal between the Muskogee Creek people and non-Native land speculators and squatters.
– Texas gained independance from Mexico
– The coin press was invented by Franklin Beale
– Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote Nature
– Arkansas became the 25th state in the Union
– As a part of the Patent Act the U.S. begins numbering patents for the first time, after 9,957 patents were already awarded (The #1 was for locomotive wheels)
– Adelaide, South Australia was founded
– Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
– John Deere invented the first commercially successful steel plow
– Martin Van Buren was elected the 8th President of the United States of America.
– Alabama was the first state to declare Christmas a legal holiday

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