1893 was the 22nd year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.
- The Panic of 1893 pushed the nation into a financial crisis.
- February: A section of Lane Park on the west side of Cahaba Road was dedicated as a pauper's cemetery.
- April 6: The Avondale Town Hall burned to the ground.
- June 17: Mrs Willis' Boarding House in Avondale was destroyed by fire.
- July 12: The Birmingham Dental College was incorporated.
- September 7: The Southern Female University commenced its second fall session at Lakeview Park.
- September 30: At the request of Julia Tutwiler, a faculty committee approved the conditional enrollment of female students at the University of Alabama.
- December 6: The Southern Female University burned down.
- The town of Highland was annexed into Birmingham.
- Ben M. Jacobs, a volunteer observer, began recording daily weather observations (except on Sundays).
- Arthur W. McGaha succeeded Benjamin Franklin Riley as president of Howard College.
- The Komus Club changed its name to the Southern Club.
- May: The Birmingham Commercial Club was founded as a general businessmen's association.
- August 2: First National Bank of Birmingham failed.
- N. E. Barker succeeded William Cameron as president of First National Bank of Birmingham.
- October 9: First National Bank of Birmingham resumed operations.
- November: The Tutwiler Coal, Coke and Iron Company was founded.
- Attorney John Altman formed a partnership with W. D. Bulger.
- The Birmingham Brewing Company went bankrupt.
- Jere Dennis served as president of the Birmingham Trades Council.
- The Red Mountain Railroad closed down.
- January: David Fox succeeded A. O. Lane as Mayor of Birmingham.
- February: The Avondale Fire Department was formed.
- February: Red Mountain Cemetery was formally dedicated.
- February 18: A mass meeting of workingmen was held at Erswell's Hall to draft a resolution in support of John McQueen's garnishment bill, then under consideration by the Alabama State Legislature.
- The 9th Congressional District of Alabama was created.
- A Jefferson County Circuit Court was authorized in Bessemer.
- Thomas McDonald succeeded S. H. Norton as Chief of the Birmingham Police Department.
- Samuel Ullman became president of the Birmingham Board of Education.
- Joshua H. Foster, Jr succeeded Arthur W. McGaha as pastor of Ruhama Baptist Church.
- J. D. Ellis succeeded H. C. Howard as pastor of East Lake United Methodist Church.
- B. D. Gray succeeded W. L. Pickard as pastor of First Baptist Church of Birmingham.
- H. C. Howard succeeded W. R. Kirk as pastor of Avondale United Methodist Church.
- Burghard Steiner succeeded Jacob Fies as president of Temple Emanu-El.
- Marshall Wells succeeded Sylvester Blythe as pastor of Trinity Methodist Church (Southside).
- February 22: The University of Alabama played football against the Agricultural and Mechanical College in Auburn for the first time, meeting in Birmingham at the Base Ball Park with A&M College winning 32-22.
- November 30: Alabama and what would become Auburn played for the second time, meeting at at Riverside Park in Montgomery, with Auburn winning 40-16.
- George Cruikshank was appointed Assistant Postmaster of Birmingham.
- Charles Glenn began his teaching career as an instructor at the Southwest Alabama State Agricultural School in Evergreen (Conecuh County).
- Hilary Herbert was appointed as Secretary of the Navy by President Grover Cleveland.
- Gus Jebeles emigrated to the United States from Greece.
- February 13: John Newsome, one-term congressman
- February 15: Charles McCauley, architect
- March 19: Orville Coston, killed in action in World War I.
- April 2: Lawrence Minter, caretaker at Elmwood Cemetery, was born in Selma, Dallas County.
- June 6: Carl Bottenfield, U.S. Steel executive and Jefferson County Board of Education member
- June 7: Gene Walker, motorcycle racer
- June 17: Coot Grant, blues singer
- November 1: Frank Samford Sr, insurance executive
- Myra Bryant, civic leader and columnist
- John H. Bankhead, II with a law degree.
- William Bankhead from the University of Alabama.
- James Bray from Atlanta University.
- Hugh Morrow from the University of Alabama with a bachelor of arts.
- Henry Steagall from the University of Alabama School of Law
- Thomas Duke Parke to the former Amy Smith.
- November 25: Laura Burton to steamboat captain Chesley Thomas Bartee.
- December 20: Louis Clark to the former Mildred Jones.
- March 25: Abner Killough, former Jefferson County Sheriff
- June 11: Nathaniel Lupton, Alabama State Chemist
- August 21: Robert Van Hook , Disciples of Christ minister
- November 28: Peyton King, attorney
- History of the Baptists in Alabama by Benjamin Franklin Riley
- Anheuser-Busch distribution center
- Cathedral Church of the Advent
- Chalifoux Building
- East Lake United Methodist Church (damaged beyond repair, early 20th century)
- Lunsford Hotel
- St Paul's Cathedral
- U.S. Court House and Post Office (torn down, 1920s)
- Southern Female University, in the former Lakeview Hotel at Lakeview Park burned down.
In 1893, Thomas A. Edison finished construction of the first motion picture studio in West Orange, New Jersey. Rudolf Diesel received a patent for the diesel engine. Grover Cleveland succeeded Benjamin Harrison as President. The Panic of 1893, a crash on the New York Stock Exchange, started a depression. Lizzie Borden was acquitted of murdering her parents. New Zealand became the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote. The World Parliament of Religions met in Chicago. Arthur Conan Doyle surprised the reading public by killing off his character Sherlock Holmes in "The Final Problem," published in Strand Magazine.
Notable books published in 1893 included Earth Revisited by Byron A. Brooks, Sub-Coelum by Addison Peale Russell, and Le Docteur Pascal by Emile Zola. Notable music released included "The Cat Came Back" by Henry S. Miller, "The Liberty Bell" by John Philip Sousa, "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder" by James M. Black, and Symphony No. 9 by Antonín Dvořák.
Notable births in 1893 included singer and comedian Jimmy Durante, actor Leslie Howard, actor Harold Lloyd, businessman Roy O. Disney, actress Mae West, writer Dorothy Parker, comedian Gummo Marx, and Chinese leader Mao Zedong. Notable deaths included former president Rutherford B. Hayes, Supreme Court justice Lucius Quintus Cincinatus Lamar, former Confederate general P. G. T. Beauregard, actor Edwin Booth, painter Ford Madox Brown, baseball player Lip Pike, and composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
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