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By the 1820s, an extensive canal system had been constructed, giving greater access to natural resources and fuel for industries.During the Victorian era, the population of Birmingham grew rapidly to well over half a million Joseph Chamberlain, mayor of Birmingham and later an MP, and his son Neville Chamberlain, who was Lord Mayor of Birmingham and later the British Prime Minister, are two of the most well-known political figures who have lived in Birmingham. Details of these two discoveries, together with an outline of the first jet engine invented by Frank Whittle in nearby Rugby, were taken to the United States by the Tizard Mission in September 1940, in a single black box later described by an official American historian as "the most valuable cargo ever brought to our shores".This included the construction of large tower block estates, such as Castle Vale.
21 people were killed and 182 were injured in a series of bomb attacks in 1974, thought to be carried out by the Provisional IRA.
The convictions are now considered one of the worst British miscarriages of justice in recent times.
The true perpetrators of the attacks are yet to be arrested.
and is considered the social, cultural, financial, and commercial centre of the Midlands.
It is situated within the larger West Midlands conurbation, which is the third most populated urban area in the United Kingdom, with a population of 2,897,303 in 2017.Birmingham's economy is now dominated by the service sector.