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Liverpool-born artist George Stubbs sets up in London as a painter, above all, of people and horses      
Stubbs A Gentleman driving a Lady in a Phaeton 1787
National Gallery, London

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c. 1770
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The triangular trade, controlled from Liverpool, ships millions of Africans across the Atlantic as slaves       
After the death of Perceval, Lord Liverpool begins a 15-year spell as Britain's prime minister       
George Canning becomes the British foreign secretary for the second time, in Lord Liverpool's government       
The locomotive Rocket, built by George and Robert Stephenson, defeats two rivals in the Rainhill trials, near Liverpool        
Stephenson's Rocket (replica)
National Archives, Kew
George Stephenson's railway between Liverpool and Manchester opens, with passengers pulled by eight locomotives based on Rocket        
Satire on the steam locomotive, c.1845
Guildhall Library
Frank Hornby patents in Liverpool his Meccano construction system for children       
Frederick Delius completes Brigg Fair, an 'English Rhapsody' for orchestra, first performed in Liverpool in 1908       
Frederick Delius, by Procter, 1929
National Portrait Gallery, London

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The Liver Building, surmounted by two legendary Liver Birds, is completed in Liverpool      
Liver building, Liverpool
Mary Evans Picture Library

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A Liverpool group of musicians call themselves Long John & the Silver Beatles – a name soon shortened to something more memorable