1992 was the 121st year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.
- January 24: A "Solidarity March" was held to protest Mayor Richard Arrington's imprisonment on federal contempt of court charges.
- April: Esquire magazine published a cover story about "The Machine", a secretive political organization at the University of Alabama.
- City Stages featured James Brown, Al Green, George Jones, and Richie Havens.
- The Birmingham Festival of Arts' Salute to Spain.
- Larry "Bud" Melman was grand marshall of the Do Dah Day parade.
- The 7th Congressional District of Alabama was redrawn.
- The Weather Forecast Office Birmingham moved to the Shelby County Airport.
- United Way-Community Chest of Central Alabama became United Way of Central Alabama.
- Rites of Spring organized its first annual dance party at Sloss Furnaces.
- Rock bands Brother Cane and the Shame Idols were formed.
- St George's Clinic was founded at Cooper Green Hospital.
- Jim Dearth founded Voices for Alabama's Children.
- The revived "Cousin Cliff's Clubhouse" starring Cliff Holman ended its 2-year run on WBRC-TV.
- Sam Mockbee and D. K. Ruth founded Auburn University's Rural Studio in west Alabama.
- MountainTop Community Church was founded by Bill Elder.
- The Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust was created by Amendment 543 to the Alabama Constitution of 1901.
- Lawton Higgs founded the homeless ministry that became the Church of the Reconciler.
- David Doggett and Dolores Hydock founded the Association of Cajun Music Enthusiasts (ACME)
- Black & White newspaper debuted.
- March 17: PT's Sports Grill opened a second location, in Inverness.
- May 2: First Alabama Bank became Regions Bank.
- December: Atlanta franchisees Markham & Nancy Oswald opened their first Ruth's Chris Steak House at the Embassy Suites Hotel.
- December 22: Compass Bank acquired FWNB Bancshares of Carrollton, Texas.
- EWTN launched WEWN, a 24-hour shortwave radio broadcast.
- Books-A-Million went public.
- CapitalSouth Bank was founded.
- The Hyatt House reopened as the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.
- WJOX-AM was launched as a reformatting of oldies station WVOK-AM on AM 690.
- LAH Real Estate was founded by Jim Lawrence, Keith Arendall and Maurice Humphries.
- A second iteration of Mabel's Beauty Shop & Chainsaw Repair opened and closed on 3rd Avenue South.
- Michael's steak house closed.
- David Dyson and Johnny Johnson founded the Dyson Institute.
- Cinema City 8 on Parkway East closed.
- Green Springs 6 on Green Springs Highway closed.
- Eli Stevens bought Hamburger Heaven from Catherine Caddell.
- The architecture firm of Mims and Gaunt closed.
- Grundy's Music Room closed.
- South Central Bell merged with Southern Bell to form BellSouth.
- Music-N-More was founded by Aquil Abdur-Rasheed and his wife, Hafeeza at the Bessemer Flea Market
- La Paz Mexican restaurant opened at Crestline Village.
- Document imaging company IBML was founded.
- Rick Heartsill founded Direct Communications.
- The Friends of Rickwood took over management of Rickwood Field.
- A new Birmingham Bulls team took the ice as part of the East Coast Hockey League.
- The Birmingham Fire compiled a 7-3-1 record, losing a first-round playoff game to the Orlando Thunder in the Citrus Bowl on May 30.
- Bobby Allison was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
- Terry Bowden succeeded Pat Dye as head coach of the Auburn Tigers football team.
- January 2: Pat Sullivan was hired as Texas Christian's head football coach.
- The 1992 Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held at the BJCC Arena.
- Carl Lewis and Charles Barkley won gold medals at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
- August: George Archer won the inaugural Bruno's Memorial Classic at the Greystone Golf and Country Club.
- October 31: Bo Jackson's jersey number 34 was retired during a halftime ceremony at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
- November 4: Center Alan Ogg was waived by the Miami Heat.
- November 26: Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Auburn Tigers 17-0 in the Iron Bowl at Legion Field.
- December: Alabama State defeated Alabama A&M 14-11 in the Magic City Classic.
- The Storyteller Fountain by Frank Fleming was installed at Five Points South.
- The Kneeling ministers statue was installed at Kelly Ingram Park.
- The Fred Shuttlesworth statue by John Rhoden.
- "Cristofo Columbo", marble statue by Ugo Sordelli at UAB's Smolian International House.
- The Grammy-winning album Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers At The Ryman was released.
- The film Shaking the Tree, starring Courteney Cox, was released.
- Christmas at the Alabama, featuring the Alabama Theatre's Mighty Wurlitzer played by Richard Phillips was released on cassette.
- The film Sleepwalkers, starring Glenn Shadix, was released.
- Jab magazine was launched by cartoonist Frank Cummings.
- Kelly Ingram Park was renovated and rededicated as "a place of revolution and reconciliation."
- The Kirklin Clinic was dedicated at a large courtyard ceremony.
- Brook Highland Cinema opened.
- Crestwood Park was renovated with a new barbecue pavilion and parking lot layout.
- February: the Hoover Public Library opened.
- August: The new John Carroll Catholic High School campus on Lakeshore Parkway opened.
- November 14: the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute opened.
- A historical marker was dedicated at the Auburn Women's Club clubhouse.
- Renovations to St Paul's Cathedral
- Birmingham Fire Station No. 3 was demolished and re-built.
- Memorial Mound in Bessmer.
- A Walk Through Fire, novel by William Cobb
- Gone South, novel by Robert R. McCammon
- The History of Forest Park by Catherine Greene Browne
- The Diversity of Life by E. O. Wilson
- Pilgrim in the Ruins: A Life of Walker Percy by Jay Tolson.
- Of Power and Right : Hugo Black, William O. Douglas, and America's Constitutional Revolution. by Howard Ball
- Joshua and Bigtooth by Mark Childress
- Good Cats/Bad Cats, Good Dogs/Bad Dogs, and Wings of Fire by Charles Ghigna
- B-Four by Sam Hodges
- The Cost of Courage: The Journey of An American Congressman by Carl Elliott and Micheal D'Orso
- Scientist Larry DeLucas served on Space Shuttle Mission STS-50.
- Earl Hilliard became the first African American to represent Alabama in the United States Congress since Reconstruction.
- Mike Hathorne succeeded Jack Farr as principal of Homewood High School.
- Freeman Hrabowski became president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
- Jim Atkinson succeeded Robert Waldrop as Mayor of Homewood.
- William Bridgers retired from UAB.
- Kim J. Chaney was elected to the Cullman County bench.
- James Pittman retired as dean of the UAB School of Medicine.
- Artist John Rhoden was appointed head of the Art Commission of the City of New York.
- Director John Badham married Olivia Laughlin.
- Jan Willis was named the Walter A. Crowell Professorship of Social Sciences at the University of California-Santa Cruz.
- Richie Kingsmore left Shades Mountain Baptist Church to become composer-in-residence at Prestonwood Baptist in Dallas, Texas.
- September 1: Kirani James, Olympic gold medalist
- Carson Stalnaker, filmmaker ("Amazing Basketball Shots")
- December 6: Laptop, Birmingham Zoo rhinoceros
- Howell Raines was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.
- Alabama Business Hall of Fame: Aaron Aronov, Angelo Bruno, Samuel Garner, Frank Moody, Hall Thompson
- Alabama Sports Hall of Fame: Dieter Brock, Clay Carroll, Mike Fuller, Ozzie Newsome, Donnie Salls, and Henry Seibels.
- Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame: Earlie Billups, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Trenton Harris, Samuel Lay, Consuela Lee
- Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame: Major Brown, Lenette Calvin, Bob Finley, Severne Frazier, James Glover, Bill Harris, Tom Jones, Doug Lockridge, Chuck Miller, Hugh O'Shields, James Porch, Jack Powell, Thompson Reynolds, Tom Tarleton
- Miss Shelby County: Marli Erwin McIntire
- Zelia Baugh earned a master's in social work at the University of Alabama
- Steven Ford Brown earned a bachelor of arts in English and literature at UAB
- Vonetta Flowers graduated from Jackson-Olin High School.
- Beth Shelburne graduated from Homewood High School.
- Vic Wilson graduated from the University of Alabama.
- March 15: Jim Taber, radio deejay
- April 17: Hank Penny, western swing bandleader
- April 21: Johnny Shines, blues guitarist
- May 26: Helen Walpole, radio actress and writer
- July 16: Buck Buchanan, pro football hall of famer
- August 13: Clifford Allison, race car driver
- October 5: Eddie Kendricks, singer
- October 19: J. T. Waggoner, Sr, former Birmingham City Commissioner
- November 7: Richard Yates, novelist
- Miner Cliett, champion skeet shooter
- see also List of Birmingham homicides in 1992.
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