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

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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
  • 1960-08-03 Lee Petty and his sons, Richard & Maurice race against each other for the first and only time at Dixie Speedway in Birmingham, Alabama; Richard 2nd, Lee 3rd
  • 1961-10-31 Federal judge rules that laws in Birmingham, Alabama, against integrated playing fields are illegal
  • 1963-04-12 Police in Birmingham, Alabama, use dogs & cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators

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1963-05-02 Children's crusade begins in Birmingham, Alabama. More than 600 African American school children arrested for marching against segregation, organised by James Bevel and the SCLC

Civil Rights Activist James Bevel
Civil Rights Activist
James Bevel
  • 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
  • 1980-03-01 21st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, BJCC Coliseum, Birmingham, AL: LSU beats Kentucky, 80-78
  • 1998-01-29 Woman's Clinic in Birmingham Alabama 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

  • 1902-05-17 John Vincent, American composer, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1977)
  • 1903-05-13 Paul Page, American actor (Girl From Havana, Moth), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1974)
  • 1906-10-11 Katherine Emery, American actress (Maze, Isle of the Dead), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1980)
  • 1911-06-20 Gail Patrick [Margaret Fitzpatrick], American actress (My Man Godfrey, Love Crazy), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1980)
  • 1913-01-10 Haywood Frank Henry, American jazz baritone saxophonist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • 1913-02-14 Mel Allen, American sportscaster (voice of NY Yankees), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1914-05-22 Sun Ra [Herbert Blount], American jazz pianist (The Arkestra), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • 1916-04-26 Virgil Trucks, American MLB pitcher (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 [Robert Golden], American actor (Predator, Dick Tracey, T.H.E. Cat), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1917-10-30 Bobby Bragan, American baseball player, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2010)
  • 1920-09-17 Marjorie Holt, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1925-09-20 Bobby Nunn [Ulysses B. Nunn Sr.], American singer (The Robins, The Coasters), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1986)
  • 1926-04-03 Alex Grammas, American baseball player, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1926-10-14 Bill Justis, American rock and roll musician (Raunchy), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1982)
  • 1927-04-13 George Washington, American boxing trainer (Riddick Bowe and Mark Breland), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2006)
  • 1928-01-16 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1929-06-10 Edward O Wilson, American sociobiologist, world’s leading authority on ants, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1929-11-08 Bobby Bowden, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Florida State 1976-2009; National C'ship 1993, 99), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1930-12-31 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2008)
  • 1932-12-31 George Schlatter, American television producer & director (Laugh-in), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1933-02-09 Jo Ann Prentice, American golfer (6 LPGA titles, US Open runner-up 1962), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1933-04-07 Wayne Rogers, American actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls), born in Birmingham Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1933-10-10 Jay Sebring, American hair stylist and Manson murder victim, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1969)
  • 1933-11-21 Henry Hartsfield Jr, American astronaut (STS-4, STS 41-D, STS 61A), born in Birmingham Ala, (d. 2014)
  • 1934-05-06 Richard Shelby, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama's 7th district), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Person of interestLouise Fletcher

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

  • 1935-03-20 Sam Lay, American drummer and vocalist (Original Thunderbirds, Howlin' Wolf Tribute), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1937-06-02 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1939-07-02 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - Cloud Nine), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1973)
  • 1939-11-24 Jim Yester, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1940-05-20 Shorty Long [Frederick Earl Long], American soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1969)
  • 1942-04-09 Earl Hilliard, American politician (Rep-D-Alabama), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1943-02-04 Barry Beckett, American keyboardist and record producer (David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2009)
  • 1943-03-23 Lee May "The Big Bopper", American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • 1944-01-26 Angela Yvonne Davis, African American activist & professor, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944-02-05 J. R. Cobb, American guitarist & songwriter (Atlanta Rhythm Section, Classic IV), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944-08-15 Frederick Knight, American singer and songwriter (I've been lonely so long), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944-09-21 Fannie Flagg, American actress and comediene (Candid Camera), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1946-12-18 Hubert Green, American golfer (US Open 1977, PGA C'ship 1985), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1947-04-02 Emmylou Harris, American country singer (Together Again), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1948-09-13 Nell Carter, American actress (Nell-Gimme a Break, Lobo), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2003)

Person of interestKate Jackson

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

Actress Kate Jackson
Actress
Kate Jackson
  • 1949-04-26 Jimmy Hall, American rocker (Wet Willie), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1950-01-18 Pat Sullivan, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1971, Auburn University; NFL: Atlanta Falcons) and coach (TUC, Samford), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1951-02-14 JoJo Starbuck, American ice skater, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1952-04-28 Chuck Leavell, American musician (The Allman Brothers Band, Rolling Stones), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1952-07-17 Robert R. McCammon, American sci-fi author (Baal, Mystery Walk), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1952-10-07 Mary Badham, American actress, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1953-06-21 Charlie Moore Jr., American baseball player, born in Birmingham, Alabama

Person of interestCondoleezza Rice

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
  • 1955-10-17 Kerry James Marshall, American artist whose works seek to challenge the marginalization of African-Americans, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1957-01-19 Mickael Virtue, American rock keyboardist (UB40-Red Red Wine), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1957-02-14 Alan Hunter, one of the original MTV VJs, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1958-02-08 "Sensational" Sherri Martel, American professional wrestler (WWF), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2007)
  • 1958-06-04 Julie Gholson, American actress (Where the Lilies Bloom), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1960-08-14 Broderick Thompson, American NFL offensive lineman (Denver Broncos), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1960-08-25 Ashley Crow, American actress (Heroes-Sandra Bennet), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1960-10-12 Steve Lowery, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2001 3rd), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1964-05-06 Kim Oden, US Olympic volleyball player (NCAA Play of Decade-80s), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Person of interestCourteney Cox

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

Actress Courteney Cox
Actress
Courteney Cox
  • 1965-08-25 Cornelius Bennett, American NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1966-04-05 Scott Dill, American NFL tackle and guard (Tampa Bay Bucs, Minnesota Vikings), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1967-10-11 Rob Selby, American NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1967-12-13 Mike Mordecai, American baseball infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1968-04-20 DeDee Nathan, American heptathlete, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1970-05-24 Nick Castaneda, American pairs skater (& Dawn Piepenbrink), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1972-11-19 David Palmer, American NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings 1994-2002), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1973-11-26 John Zimmerman, American pairs skater (& Steigler), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1975-02-18 Scott Tucker, American 400m/800m freestyle relay (Olympics 1996), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1976-10-07 Taylor Hicks, American musician, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1977-01-08 Amber Benson, American actress, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1980-07-07 Deidre Downs, American beauty queen, born in Birmingham, Alabama

Person of interestDiana DeGarmo

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


Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1962-08-25 Future US 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