1884 was the 13th year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.
- February 19: The 1884 tornado outbreak killed at least 44 people in Alabama.
- Summer: Construction of a 25-foot wide roadbed for Highland Avenue was completed.
- Calera Lodge No. 445 was charted.
- The Leeds post office was established.
- Misses Allen School girls' preparatory academy was founded.
- W. B. Sommerville began keeping records of weather observations from various downtown buildings.
- Sunnyside Academy in Powderly was established.
- January: Frank Evans began pubilshing the Sunday Chronicle.
- March 19: The Birmingham Mineral Railroad was chartered for business as an operating division of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.
- April: The Florence Hotel opened for business.
- April 24: National Bank of Birmingham merged with City Bank to create the First National Bank of Birmingham.
- May 1: The Birmingham Iron Age changed its nameplate to The Weekly Iron Age.
- The Alabama State Bank was founded.
- The Birmingham Street Railway Company was established.
- Bookkeeping firm P. H. Earle & Co. became Earle & Terrell.
- The Elyton Land Company celebrated the payment of its first issue of bonds.
- The Georgia-Pacific Railroad began offering service from Woodlawn into the rapidly-growing city of Birmingham, about 4 miles to the west.
- Law firm Hewitt & Walker became Hewitt, Walker & Porter.
- Slaton, McGlathery & Burwell warehouser opened.
- Samuel Ullman opened the Ullman Hardware Company at 1808–1810 2nd Avenue North.
- Madam Louise Wooster established a brothel at 1914-16 4th Avenue North.
- Moses Barton succeeded Elijah O'Rear as Walker County Sheriff.
- Birmingham City School's Board of School Trustees was reorganized as the Birmingham Board of Education.
- Samuel Greene was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives.
- A. O. Lane was re-elected as Mayor of Birmingham.
- Chambers McAdory was re-elected to the state legislature.
- Mitchell Porter was appointed to fill an unexpired term at Probate Court.
- James Stiles was elected justice of the peace.
- Andrew Tarrant was re-elected as tax assessor for Jefferson County.
- Edwin F. Vest succeeded Francis A. Nelson as Shelby County Sheriff.
- July 11: Third Presbyterian Church was organized.
- September: Sardis Missionary Baptist Church was founded.
- 16th Street Baptist Church completed their first church building on their current site.
- W. O. Bailey succeeded I. H. Hendon as pastor of First Baptist Church of Birmingham.
- James E. Chambliss became pastor of Ruhama Baptist Church and was then succeeded by William C. Cleveland.
- Jacob Fies succeeded Henry Lazarus as president of Temple Emanu-El.
- St James United Methodist Church was founded in Warrior.
- The Temple Emanu-El congregation purchased a plot at 5th Avenue North and 17th Street from the Elyton Land Company on which to build a worship hall.
- Pastor Thomas Walker was ordained by William Pettiford.
- Farmer Andrew Beard sold the rights to his first patent, for a plow, for $4,000.
- John Carmichael began to read law and took on editorial duties for the weekly Alabama Free Press.
- Planter John DuBose moved to Birmingham.
- Physician Thomas Duke Parke earned his board certification in Dallas, Texas.
- John Phelan returned to Alabama to manage Birmingham's Cotton and Produce Exchange.
- N. F. Thompson moved to Birmingham.
- October 5: Benjamin Roden, Jr, businessman
- October 8: Chauncey Sparks, Governor of Alabama
- Robert Aland, entrepreneur
- William Elias B. Davis from Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York.
- Daniel Greene from Emory College in Oxford, Georgia with a bachelor of arts.
- 16th Street Baptist Church (first building at current location)
- Florence Hotel
- Jefferson County Bank Building
- Robert Jemison, Sr residence (downtown)
- Leeds Railroad Depot
- Sunnyside Academy
- The Red Gap Branch of the Birmingham Mineral Railroad was completed between Hedona and Irondale.
- Oakland Cemetery was established on Warrior Road.
In 1884, the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was published. The Colchester earthquake struck England. The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty's pedestal was laid. The Sino–French War began. The International Meridian Conference in Washington, D.C. fixed the Greenwich Meridian as the world's Prime Meridian. Democrat Grover Cleveland defeated Republican James G. Blaine in the presidential election. The Washington Monument was completed.
Notable books published in 1884 included Flatland by Edwin Abbott Abbott, Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson, The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Notable music released in 1884 included "Oh My Darling, Clementine" by Percy Montrose, "The Fountain in the Park" (a.k.a. "While Strolling Through the Park One Day") by Ed Haley, and comic opera Princess Ida by Gilbert & Sullivan.
Notable births in 1884 included singer Sophie Tucker, inventor Alfred Carlton Gilbert, filmmaker Robert J. Flaherty, novelist Hugh Walpole, President Harry S. Truman, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Notable deaths included geneticist Gregor Mendel, Stanford University namesake Leland Stanford, Jr, inventor Cyrus McCormick, detective Allan Pinkerton, and chess player Paul Morphy.
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