2005 was the 134th year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.
- January 6: Tapestry went on the air.
- February 22: Magic City Flickr Group was founded.
- March 12: The Steven C. Minkin Paleozoic Footprint Site was dedicated.
- April 20: Canaan Missionary Baptist Church and West End Hills Missionary Baptist Church were added to the National Register of Historic Places.
- May 30: Natalee Holloway went missing in Aruba.
- June 17-19: 2005 City Stages.
- June 28: Richard Scrushy was acquitted of 36 counts of fraud and conspiracy.
- July 1: Bessemer State Technical College merged into Lawson State Community College.
- July 16: Brandee Skinner's BMW plunged into the Cahaba River, killing her two children.
- September 28: Forever Wild's acquisition of the 48-acre Turkey Creek-Thomas Tract expanded the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve.
- October 9: A "Friendship bell" was donated to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens by the Osaka Central Rotary Club of Japan.
- October 13-15: 2005 NOMA convention at the Sheraton Birmingham.
- October 26: Don Siegelman was indicted on charges of racketeering, bribery, and extortion; Richard Scrushy was indicted on charges of bribery and mail fraud.
- January: MedTown Pharmacy opened on 20th Street North.
- March: The Birmingham Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta lost 70 jobs.
- April 20: Jubilee Joe's seafood restaurant opened in Hoover.
- May 2: Tom Broughton founded ServisFirst Bank in Birmingham.
- June: Bryant Bank was founded.
- June: WBHJ-FM moved its transmitter to Red Mountain from a site near Vance.
- August 15: Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa opened.
- September 23: The Birmingham Post-Herald published its last edition.
- October: SouthPoint Bank opened.
- October 24: SouthTrust Bank merged with Wachovia.
- November: Mudtown Eat and Drink opened in Cahaba Heights.
- November 20: The Alabama Southern Railroad began operating between Birmingham and Columbus, Mississippi.
- The Crestwood Tavern opened on Crestwood Boulevard.
- Ed and Mary Gurney opened Playhouse Costume on 3rd Avenue North.
- Big Sky Bread Company opened a 10,000 square-foot bakery and warehouse at the Cahaba Valley Business Park.
- Kingwood Church bought the former Meadowlark Farms restaurant.
- The House of Love Records label was founded.
- World Auto Sales was incorporated.
- Sarris Café moved from Hoover to Pelham.
- March 27: 10,000 attended a special Easter service hosted by Gardendale First Baptist Church at the BJCC.
- April 20: St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Montevallo dedicated new worship and education buildings.
- July: The Universist Movement was chartered as a religious non-profit corporation in Alabama.
- December: Life Changers Christian Church bought the former Forestdale United Methodist Church on Tomahawk Road.
- March: The first North Alabama Whitewater Festival was held at King's Bend on Locust Fork.
- October 29: Alabama A&M beat Alabama State 31-28 in the Magic City Classic
- November 19: Auburn beat Alabama 28-18 in the 2005 Iron Bowl
- December: The Tragic City Rollers were formed
- Princeton BMC Healing Garden
- Boxcars on 1st, Vol. I, compilation album by Skybucket Records
- Killing Christian, film by Wastebasket Productions
- Chords of Relief, compilation album for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts
- Birmingham's Theater and Retail District, book by Tim Hollis
- To You Through Me: The Beginning of a Link of a Journey of 400 Years, book by Joe Minter
- January 4: Homewood Middle School
- May: Alys Stephens Center Phase III
- May 26: Mount Lebanon Baptist Church was destroyed by fire.
- October 9: The Ensley Library reopened after renovations.
- Colonial Promenade Alabaster
- The Radisson Hotel of Birmingham closed for renovations.
- Ground was broken for the Birmingham Social Security Administration Center.
- Southside Townhouses
- Tuscaloosa's Coleman Coliseum was extensively remodeled.
- March 19: Avery Johnson succeeded Don Nelson as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks.
- April 15: John Ed Willoughby retired from daily radio hosting.
- November 1: Bryan Noe was appointed as the first dean of the UAB Graduate School.
- December 19: Army Sergeant Noah Galloway was injured in an IED attack in Iraq, losing his left arm and leg.
- Abdurrahim El-Keib left the faculty of the University of Alabama.
- Ray Melick began writing sports columns for the Birmingham News.
- Vijay Misra was named director of the UAB Heart and Vascular Center cardiac catheterization laboratory.
- Doris Powell was elected chair of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority.
- Tamani, an African elephant, at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida.
- August 25: Akili, an African lion at the Birmingham Zoo
- Alabama Lawyers Hall of Fame: Oscar Adams Jr, Douglas Arant, Hugo Black, Harry Toulmin
- Miller Gorrie, Auburn Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award
- Birmingham Business Hall of Fame: William Blount, Thomas Corts, James Head, Charles Linn, Frank Samford Sr, and Frank Samford Jr
- Miss Alabama: Alexa Jones
- Miss Shelby County: Susannah Higgins
- Sam "The Great Kaiser" Tenenbaum was inducted into the National Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame
- January 18: Kevin McGowin, author
- February 5: Elton B. Stephens, businessman and philanthropist
- February 24: George Gaunt, architect
- March 1: Houston Brice Jr, businessman
- March 28: Tom Bevill, former U.S. Representative
- March 29: Howell Heflin, former Alabama Supreme Court justice and U. S. Senator
- April 23: J. B. Stoner, founder of the National States Rights Party
- May 3: Carl Salter, artist
- June 2: Maynard, Birmingham Zoo lion
- June 10: Joseph Raya, Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop
- June 21: Louis Wilson Jr, U.S. Marine Corps Commandant
- June 24: Lyman Bostock Sr, first baseman for Birmingham Black Barons
- July 9: Daryl Harms, entreprenuer
- July 16: Ashlyn and Bryson Skinner, children of Brandee Skinner, died when her car plunged into the Cahaba River.
- August 2: Sloan Bashinsky Sr, Golden Flake CEO
- August 2: Loulie Jean Norman, singer
- August 9: C. Pat Reynolds, restaurateur and former mayor of Vestavia Hills
- August 19: Tom Egan, BBS sysop
- September 3: John Claypool, Episcopal rector
- October 12: Baker Knight, songwriter
- October 13: Vivian Malone, the first black graduate of the University of Alabama
- October 13: Andrew Hodges, insurance executive and Samford University trustee
- October 28: Alston Callahan, ophthalmologist
- December 5: Ocie Burton, pastor of Mt Hebron Missionary Baptist Church
- December 18: Linda Manning, country singer and radio host
- December 23: Harold Ruttenberg, founder of Just For Feet and Amalgamated Concepts
- See also List of Birmingham homicides in 2005
- 2005 City Stages
- 2005 Birmingham Barons (82-57, 2nd in Western Division)
- 2005 Birmingham Steeldogs (2-14)
- 2005 UAB Blazers (5-6)
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