The first settlement here was a hill fort dating back to the 2nd Century BC.
Today, Birmingham is a central British city, and population and popularity has increased in enormous leaps over the past five years. It is known for its growth, industry, economy, wealth of tourist attractions, and canals.
People Born in Birmingham
Birmingham in People's Lives
Gerard Manley Hopkins: I traveled here in 1866 to be accepted into the Catholic church. I was accepted in by John Henry Newman himself, a major role model to me. After graduating from the University of Oxford in 1867, I immediately moved here after being given a teaching post at the Catholic Oratory, again by Newman. I busied myself with my new religion, and also began learning to play the violin. In 1868, I "resolved to be a religious," and decided to give up my passion, poetry. I made a bonfire and burnt all of my writings, and did no write again for seven years. I decided that I wanted to enter the ministry, and become a Jesuit priest. I moved to London to study for this in September of 1868.
Hilaire Belloc: I was sent to attend school here as a boy in 1881, at the age of 11. I went to the Oratory School owned by John Henry Newman, in the Edgbaston area of this city. I showed myself to be an intelligent and talented student, especially in art, poetry, and mathematics. I graduated from the school in 1888, at the age of 18. I then worked as a journalist in this city, until I left to serve my mandatory military term as a French citizen, in 1891.
Javier Hernandez: I played a futball game here in 2012, which my team won 2-3.
Connie Talbot: I traveled here in 2007 with my parents in order to audition for Britain's Got Talent. Unexpectedly, my life changed forever. My performance was described by judges as "magic," and they predicted that I would be a millionaire before the end of the year. I was swept up in a whirl of media frenzy and have been pursuing a successful singing career ever since.