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What's So Great about Liverpool?
  • St. Patrick said to have sailed from the River Mersey on his mission to Ireland, 432.
  • City established by royal charter in 1207.
  • The first recorded cargo from America lands in Liverpool, 1648.
  • England's first circulating library, the Lyceum, built in 1758.
  • World's first school for deaf people, built in 1825.
  • Oldest and greatest steeplechase, the Grand National, 1839 (National Velvet).
  • Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, founded 1841.
  • Britain's first chess club, 1857.
  • Walker Art Gallery is U.K.'s first public art gallery, 1877.
  • Britain's first female doctor opens practice in Liverpool, 1884.
  • Liver Buildings are Europe's first skyscraper, 1907.
  • Home of the Beatles -- Yeah, Yeah Yeah!
  • Liverpool named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, 2004.
  • Liverpool named European Capital of Culture, 2008.