Birmingham in History

Historical Events

  • 1946-04-13 Eddie Klepp, a white pitcher signed by defending Negro League champ Cleveland Buckeyes, is barred from field in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1948-05-01 Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator, arrested in Birmingham, Alabama, for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes"
  • 1949-07-01 WBRC TV channel 6 in Birmingham, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953-10-08 Birmingham, Alabama, bars Jackie Robinson's Negro-White All-Stars from playing there Robinson gives in & drops white players from his group

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1955-04-28 WBIQ TV channel 10 in Birmingham, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-02-15 Pirates & KC As cancel an exhibition game in Birmingham Alabama, because of local ordinance barring black from playing against white
  • 1961-10-31 Federal judge rules that lasw in Birmingham, Alabama, against integrated playing fields are illegal
  • 1963-05-11 Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama
  • 1963-05-12 Race riot in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1963-09-15 Church bombed in Birmingham AL, kills 4 African-American girls
  • 1965-10-17 WBMG TV channel 42 in Birmingham, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1979-10-30 Richard Arrington, Jr. is elected the first African American mayor in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1998-01-29 Woman's Clinic in Birmingham Ala bombed, 1 killed
  • 2002-05-22 American civil rights movement: a jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.
  • 2003-03-18 FBI agents raid the corporate headquarters of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama on suspicion of massive corporate fraud led by the company's top executives.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1903-05-13 Paul Page, actor (Girl From Havana, Moth), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1906-10-11 Katherine Emery, American actress (Maze, Isle of the Dead), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1980)
  • 1911-06-20 Gail Patrick, actress (My Man Godfrey, Love Crazy), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1913-02-14 Mel Allen, American sportscaster (voice of NY Yankees), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1916-04-26 Virgil Trucks, MLB picther (two-time All Star), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2013)
  • 1916-05-28 Walker Percy, writer (Adventures of a Bad Catholic), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1917-04-07 R G Armstrong, actor (T.H.E. Cat), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1926-10-14 Bill Justis, rock and roll musician (Raunchy), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1982)
  • 1928-01-16 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1930-12-31 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2008)
  • 1933-04-07 Wayne Rogers, actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls), born in Birmingham Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1933-11-21 Henry Hartsfield Jr, American astronaut (STS-4, STS 41-D, STS 61A), born in Birmingham Ala, (d. 2014)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1934-07-22 Louise Fletcher, actress (One Flew over Cuckoo's Nest), born in Birmingham, Alabama

  • 1937-06-02 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1939-11-24 Jim Yester, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944-02-05 J R Cobb, rocker (Atlanta Rhythm Section, Classic IV), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944-09-21 Fannie Flagg, actress/comediene (Candid Camera), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1946-12-18 Hubie Green, PGA golfer (US Open 1977), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1947-04-02 Emmylou Harris, country singer (Together Again), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1948-09-13 Nell Carter, actress (Nell-Gimme a Break, Lobo), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1948-10-29 Kate Jackson, actress (Rookies, Charlie's Angels), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Actress Kate Jackson
Actress
Kate Jackson

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1954-11-14 Condoleezza Rice, 1st female African-American U.S. Secretary of State (2005-09), born in Birmingham, Alabama

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
US Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice
  • 1958-02-08 "Sensational" Sherri Martel, American professional wrestler (WWF), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2007)
  • 1958-06-04 Julie Gholson, actress (Where the Lilies Bloom), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1960-10-12 Stephen Brent Lowery, PGA golfer (1994 Sprint), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1962-08-19 Nancy Ramsbottom, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's-2nd), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1964-06-15 Courteney Cox, American actress (Monica Geller on Friends), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Actress Courteney Cox
Actress
Courteney Cox
  • 1967-12-13 Mike Mordecai, infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1968-04-20 LeShundra Nathan, heptathlete, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1970-05-24 Nick Castaneda, pairs skater (& Dawn Piepenbrink), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1973-11-26 John Zimmerman, pairs skater (& Steigler), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1975-02-18 Scott Tucker, 400m/800m freestyle relay (Olympics-96), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1987-06-16 Diana DeGarmo, American singer (American Idol) and actress (The Young and the Restless), born in Birmingham, Alabama


Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1962-08-25 Retired general Colin Powell (25) weds audiologist Alma Johnson (24) at the First Congregational Church in Birmingham, Alabama

General and US Secretary of State Colin Powell
General and US Secretary of State
Colin Powell