1999 was the 128th year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.
- Richard Arrington stepped down as Mayor of Birmingham after 20 years in the position.
- William Bell was appointed interim mayor.
- October: Bernard Kincaid defeated Bell in the 2000 Birmingham mayoral election. Frank Adams, Jr was appointed to fill his Birmingham City Council District 8 seat. Lee Loder defeated Adams in the special election to keep the seat.
- Highway 151 in Pinson was designated a state highway.
- A flock of chickens took up residence at Birmingham Fire Station No. 2
- January 26: The Furnace Master's Restaurant at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park burned down.
- June 12: Do It Yourself Crafts opened.
- Douglas Williamson purchased WFHK-AM for $10,000.
- Ollie's Barbecue relocated from Southside to Hoover.
- The Flowers Baking Company of Thomasville, Georgia purchased Birmingham's Home Baking Company.
- B&A Warehouse opened on 1st Avenue South.
- Rob Henrikson was promoted to President of Institutional Business for MetLife, Inc.
- Steve Hewett co-founded EBM Solutions.
- The Takehold Records label was founded.
- Vamp & Tramp bookseller opened a retail store at Pepper Place.
- Massey & Stotser merged with the Nichols Law Office.
- Parisian-West at Five Points West Shopping City closed.
- Paul Bryant Jr's Greene Group, Inc. acquired Harvest Select Catfish.
- James M. Robinson founded P & R Metals.
- Elsayed "Al" Mohammed opened Al's Deli and Grill on 10th Avenue South.
- March: BJCC hosted the Conference USA Men's basketball tournament.
- May: Bob Roller was named Director of Athletics at Samford University.
- June: The Barons hosted the Huntsville Stars in the 4th annual Rickwood Classic, honoring the old Negro leagues.
- November 23: Mal Moore was promoted to athletic director at the University of Alabama.
- Somewhere in All This Green: New and Selected Stories, and A Spring of Souls, books by William Cobb
- Spirit of Steel: Music of the Mines, Railroads and Mills of the Birmingham District, compiled by the Sloss Furnace Association
- Winged Victory statue by Brad Morton at the Financial Center downtown.
- April 21: South Hampton Elementary School opened.
- June 25: Birmingham Central Station at the Railroad Reservation
- August: The Crescent
- August 24: Liberty Park Elementary School
- October 16: Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park on 4th Avenue North
- November 30: American Village in Montevallo
- December 3: Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville
- Alys Stephens Center Phase II
- Bluff Park United Methodist Church
- Metropolitan Church of God
- Oak Mountain High School on Caldwell Mill Road
- The Taylor Building on 20th Street North
- Major renovations to the YWCA Building on 3rd Avenue North
- Joe Lee Griffin Field at Samford University
- Restoration of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cullman
- Renovations to Rossi's restaurant
- Reid Adair became an athletic academic adviser for the UAB Blazers football team.
- John Cantelow began leading Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church in Tuskegee.
- Edward Partridge was named the Margaret Cameron Spain Chain in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UAB.
- Stuart Rachels became an assistant professor in the Philosophy department at the University of Alabama.
- Phyllis Wyne became director of programs and services for the Literacy Council of Alabama.
- April 20: Kumar, Birmingham Zoo Malayan tiger
- April 21: Max, Birmingham Zoo rhinoceros
- Bond, Birmingham Zoo giraffe
- Ethel Hall, from the faculty of the University of Alabama
- Bill Mason, from his dermatology practice in Dothan.
- January 9: Carl Elliott, Congressman and historian
- January 10: Jere King, Jr, historian
- January 12: Betty Lou Gerson, radio actress
- January 20: Ben Carraway, surgeon and hospital administrator
- January 31: Norm Zauchin, baseball player
- February 17: Dupree Greer, architect
- February 24: Virginia Foster Durr, Civil Rights activist
- June 23: Ted Bryant, political reporter
- July 15: Harry U. Gilmer, TCI product representative
- July 22: Dorothea Warren Fox, commercial artist
- August 8: Harry "The Hat" Walker, baseball player
- August 11: Annie Louise Peoples, nurse
- September 5: Charles Gratton, proprietor of Green Acres Cafe
- September 29: Cotesworth Lewis, rector of Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia
- November 18: Jay Heard, baseball pitcher
- November 19: Robert Bell, librarian and author
- December 19: Marion Worth, country singer
- See also List of Birmingham homicides in 1999
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