1953 was the 82nd year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.
- January 6: The Red Gap Branch of the Birmingham Mineral Railroad between Hedona and Irondale was abandoned.
- March 4: "Confederate Flag Day" was recognized by the Alabama State Legislature.
- April 18: The 1953 Siluria tornado killed eight people and caused damage to the Buck Creek Mill.
- April 19: The Birmingham Transit Company's last streetcar trip was completed on the No. 27 Ensley No. 38 South East Lake streetcar line.
- Birmingham Transit Company sold its remaining fleet of nearly-new streetcars to the Toronto Transit Commission and replaced all lines with buses.
- September 17: Actress Gloria Swanson made special appearances at the downtown Loveman's store.
- September 17: The Crestwood Civic Club was organized.
- October 5-10: The 1953 Alabama State Fair was held.
- The Birmingham Festival of Arts was held as a "Festival of the Seven Arts".
- The first of the Coleman Lakes opened to public use.
- The Crestwood Civic Club was founded.
- Fountain Heights Methodist Church purchased the former Weather Forecast Office Birmingham on 13th Street North.
- Richard Howard donated his collection of Japanese prints to the Birmingham Museum of Art.
- "Birmingham Bop" swept across the city's dance floors.
- Mel Torme performed at the Lotus Supper Club.
- January: The Federal Communications Commission granted WAFM-TV a permit to increase its transmitter power for around-the-clock broadcasting.
- Alabama Gas Corporation was spun off from Southern Natural Gas Company.
- Storer Broadcasting of Toledo, Ohio purchased WBRC-TV for $2.3 million and switched it from Channel 4 to Channel 6.
- The Birmingham News Company purchased WAFM-TV, WAPI-AM and WAPI-FM and moved their studios to Red Mountain.
- Riverbend Farm in Ragland ceased bottling and distribution of its dairy products.
- Marino's grocery moved to its present location on Avenue E Ensley.
- Development of the Crestwood Shopping Center was first announced, but delayed due to opposition.
- Brown-Service Funeral Homes was merged into Ridout's Brown Service.
- The Vulcan Motor Lodge was purchased by Mac McGrady and renamed the St Francis Hotel Courts.
- Woodward Iron Company closed its Mine No. 3, the last iron ore mine on Red Mountain.
- Woodward Iron Company closed its coal mine shafts at Muscoda (but continued to extract coal from the area accessed by the Pyne Mine hoist shaft.
- The Empire Mine in Walker County was converted into a surface mine.
- Mrs Todd's Cafeteria moved to the new Town House motor hotel.
- Roy Welch bought half of Joe Gunther's wrestling promotion.
- Bert Bank founded the Alabama Football Network.
- The Dixie Cycle & Toy Co. opened in the W. S. Brown Mercantile Building.
- Floyd & Beasley Transfer was incorporated.
- Robert Luckie Jr founded Luckie & Co.
- Mayfield Cleaners, operating since 1946, was incorporated.
- Michael Matsos opened a second location of La Paree restaurant in the Holiday Inn on Bessemer Super Highway.
- Jimmy and Inez Pappas founded Jimez's restaurant in Hueytown.
- Frank Lovoy founded Lovoy's Italian Restaurant in Homewood.
- Pasquale and Vincent Gramaglia founded Pasquale's Pizza & Pasta in Cincinnati, Ohio.
- William Veenschoten founded Veenschoten & Company.
- WBCO-AM went on the air.
- December: Toney and Vince Carnaggio opened Carnaggio's restaurant in Midfield
- February 23: The city of Alabaster was incorporated.
- April: Cooper Green resigned from the Birmingham City Commission to become a vice president of the Alabama Power Company.
- The Birmingham Department of Parks and Recreation purchased the Arlington home in West End for $53,000, raised through private donations.
- May 5: 1953 primary elections and 1953 Birmingham municipal election
- Jimmy Morgan succeeded Cooper Green as President of the Birmingham City Commission.
- October 6: The city of Midfield was incorporated.
- October 13: The city of Adamsville was re-incorporated.
- Douglas Arant was appointed to the United States Department of Justice's National Committee To Study The Antitrust Laws.
- Hobart Grooms was appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama by President Dwight Eisenhower.
- Seybourn Lynne was made chief judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
- Hal McCall succeeded James Robertson as Mayor of Tuscaloosa.
- George Wallace was elected to the Third Judicial Circuit Court.
- Robert Glasgow Jr began a two-year term as Mayor of Adamsville.
- Jones Valley High School, McElwain Elementary School, and Powderly Elementary School were absorbed into Birmingham City Schools.
- Birmingham's Western High School was renamed Western Olin High School.
- A. H. Parker High School was first accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges.
- The Birmingham Conservatory of Music merged with Birmingham-Southern College.
- Lawrence Reynolds donated his collection of over 13,000 rare books, manuscripts and artifacts to the Birmingham Extension Center of the University of Alabama.
- Sister Mary Leo began teaching at John Carroll Catholic High School.
- Stillman College was accredited.
- November 13: A fire seriously damaged Edgewood Elementary School.
- May 3: Concord Highland Baptist Church was dedicated.
- George Murray succeeded Charles Carpenter as Episcopal Bishop of Alabama.
- John Claypool was ordained as a minister at Belmont Heights Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Fred Shuttlesworth succeeded Chester Laster as pastor of Bethel Baptist Church.
- Nelson H. Smith took over the pulpit at New Pilgrim Baptist Church.
- Warrior Missionary Baptist Church changed its name to Warrior First Baptist Church.
- W. Glenn Bartee succeeded Otis Kirby as pastor of Avondale United Methodist Church.
- Sister Mary Joseph made her first profession at the Sancta Clara Monastery in Canton, Ohio.
- Joseph Volker founded the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, with Alfred Hobart as its first minister.
- Concord Highland Baptist Church was founded with W. C. Stone as its first pastor.
- Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church merged with Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church to form the Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
- The 1953 Birmingham Barons began a three-season association with the New York Yankees.
- Joe Drake joined the Barons' office staff.
- May 18: Harold Grote tied a Birmingham Barons record with two home runs in one inning.
- August 28: The Southside Ball Association Little League team from Avondale Park defeated New York 1-0 to claim the 1953 Little League World Series.
- November 12: The 1953 Dental Clinic Game was played at Legion Field.
- November 28: Alabama won the 1953 Iron Bowl 10-7.
- Sam Hairston was named Most Valuable Player of the Western League.
- John Baumgartner played in seven games for the Detroit Tigers.
- Paul Lehner played his final season with the Memphis Chickasaws.
- Bubba Church was traded to the Chicago Cubs.
- Pitcher Virgil Trucks was traded to the St Louis Cardinals.
- Red Drew's 1953 Alabama Crimson Tide football team went 6-2-3 and lost the Cotton Bowl to Rice.
- Shug Jordan's 1953 API Tigers football team went 7-2-1 and lost the Gator Bowl to Texas Tech.
- R. G. Armstrong made his Broadway debut in "End as a Man."
- Marvin Bass was hired as an assistant coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels football team.
- Jack Bingham was made a partner in the firm of Martin & Blakey.
- Oliver Carmichael succeeded John Gallalee as president of the University of Alabama.
- Asa "Ace" Carter landed a show of his own on WILD-AM .
- Frank Moore Cross was invited to join the international committee responsible for conserving, translating and editing the Dead Sea Scrolls.
- Joseph Cunningham became a professor of pathology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine.
- Hardrock Gunter took a job in Wheeling, West Virginia producing "The World's Original Jamboree" radio show.
- A. C. Keily served as president of the Professional Photographers of Mississippi-Alabama.
- U.S. Attorney Tom King was made Chief Administrative Assistant to U. S. Representative George Huddleston Jr.
- Geraldine Moore took over the Birmingham News' "What Negroes Are Doing" column from Oscar Adams Sr.
- John Newsome was elected president of the Associated Industries of Alabama.
- James Permutt succeeded Fred Nichols as president of Temple Beth-El.
- Sol Rittenbaum succeeded James Permutt as president of the Jewish Community Center.
- Henry Stanford became president of the Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville.
- Evelyn Starks left the Gospel Harmonettes to pursue a teaching career.
- Fant Thornley succeeded Emily Danton as director of the Birmingham Public Library.
- Lawrence Whitten served a term as president of the Alabama Society of Architects.
- January 5: Mike DuBose, football coach
- January 20: Gary Sheffield, basketball coach
- January 23: Joseph Marino, Archbishop
- March 1: Luther Strange, Attorney General of Alabama and U.S. Senator
- March 2: Rodger Smitherman, state senator
- May 9: Ron "Papa Jack" Jackson, professional baseball player
- May 22: Radio disc jockey Coyote J. Calhoun (Jim Battan)
- June 21: Charlie Moore, professional baseball player
- July 15: Hugo Black III, attorney
- July 22: Tony Petelos, Jefferson County Manager
- July 28: Don Black, Ku Klux Klan leader and "Stormfront" founder
- August 14: Harold Jackson, newspaper columnist
- August 23: Billy Shields, professional football player
- September 16: Jerry Pate, professional golfer
- September 19: Ann Florie, Leadership Birmingham director
- October 14: Willie Florence, furniture dealer and attorney
- October 23: Angelo Sarris, restaurateur
- December: Eli Gold, sports announcer
- December 20: Steve Orel, founder of World of Opportunity
- December 27: Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin
- Gail Andrews, director of the Birmingham Museum of Art
- Emory Anthony, attorney
- Rick Batson, architect
- Bill Bryant, orthopedist
- Robert W. Carter, Chief of the Adamsville Police Department
- Shirley Gavin Floyd, Smithfield neighborhood president
- Anthony Greene, superintendent of Fairfield City Schools
- Roger James, symphonic violinist
- Cathy Sloss Jones, real estate developer
- Myron Massey, Fairfield Police Department
- Michael Melvin, Chief of the Kimberly Police Department
- Mike Naylor, guitarist and knife maker
- Dudley Reynolds, president of Alagasco
- Stanley Shafferman, entrepreneur
- Bob Tedrow, owner of the Homewood Musical Instrument Co.
- Ernestine Williams, independent distributor
- Actor Mary Anderson married cimematographer Leon Shamroy.
- Theodore Peoples married Annie Louise Berry.
- Freddie Rogers married Pearlie McCarthy.
- Hank Penny married Sue Martin.
- June 18: Martin Luther King Jr married Coretta Scott in Marion.
- August 22: Bill Steltemeier married Ramona Schnupp.
- Alabama Hall of Fame: John Tyler Morgan
- Birmingham Woman of the Year: Eleanor Bridges
- Miss Alabama: Virginia McDavid
- Miss Howard College: Marguerite Rutledge Blackwell
- Mr Crestwood: Carl Johnsey
- University of Alabama Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award: George Murray
- Coach Bobby Bowden graduated from Howard College.
- Composer Ezra Sims earned a diploma in Chinese from the U.S. Army Language School.
- Pastor Fred Shuttlesworth completed a bachelor's degree in English from the Alabama State Teachers College in Montgomery.
- Gene Bartow earned a degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.
- Ira De Ment graduated from the University of Alabama.
- Ward McIntyre graduated from Birmingham-Southern College.
- Miller Gorrie graduated from Shades Valley High School.
- John Grenier completed his law degree at Tulane University.
- Basil Hirschowitz completed a surgical fellowship at the University of Michigan.
- Bill Holdefer graduated from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland.
- Bob Moody completed his bachelor's in architecture at the Alabama Polytechnical Institute.
- Elmer Moree completed his master's in education at the University of Alabama.
- Richard Pizitz graduated from Harvard Business School.
- William Poole earned his bachelor of architecture at the Alabama Polytechnical Institute.
- William Powell earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Alabama.
- Thompson Reynolds graduated from Howard College.
- Richard Shelby graduated from Hueytown High School.
- Homer Smith graduated from Princeton University.
- Joel P. Smith graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
- Sandra Sokol graduated from Ramsay High School.
- Author Gay Talese graduated from the University of Alabama.
- David Vann completed his master of laws at George Washington University in St Louis, Missouri.
- Eloise Hanna retired from WBRC-TV.
- Cliff Holman was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army.
- O. V. Hunt retired from professional photography.
- Raymond Jones retired from selling insurance.
- Dana Ousler retired from Ousler Sandwiches.
- W. A. Parker retired as Superintendent of Tarrant City Schools.
- Asa Rountree Jr retired from the command of the Alabama Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.
- January 7: Joe Kelley died with 40 other servicemen returning from Korea in a plane crash near Bear Lake, Idaho.
- January 18: Newt Joseph, Negro Leagues baseball player
- May 30: Oscar Wells, banker
- June 27: Mary Anderson, real-estate developer, rancher, viticulturist and inventor
- August 15: Erskine Ramsay, mining engineer, inventor and philanthropist
- November 3: Fred Brockman, Birmingham Police Department officer killed on duty.
- Inez Lopez, writer
- Shiney Moon, artist
- Ned McCormack, Homewood Police Department officer killed on duty.
- See also: List of homicides in 1953
- The Alabama Review began publishing edited installments from Mary Gordon Duffee's "Sketches of Alabama".
- March 22: The Birmingham VA Medical Center was dedicated.
- June 11: Howard College broke ground for its new Shades Valley campus.
- The Alabama Theatre's projection system and screen were upgraded for CinemaScope.
- Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery (Pratt City)
- The connector between U.S. Highway 31 and the "Florida Short Route" in Rosedale was begun.
- Widening of U.S. Highway 31 between Shades Mountain and the Cahaba River was begun.
- Charles B. Glenn Vocational High School
- Concord Highland Baptist Church in Concord
- Bessemer Junior High School opened.
- A new building for Bluff Park United Methodist Church was completed.
- An expansion of Holy Family Community Hospital was built.
- A playing field was constructed on the east side of Phillips High School.
- A parsonage for North Birmingham Church of God on 32nd Street North.
- Minor High School stadium
- St Theresa Catholic Church in Leeds
- Town House motor hotel on 8th Avenue South
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