2018 is the 147th year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.
- February 1: Amtrak began service at the Birmingham Intermodal Facility.
- March 7: The 2018 Huffman High School shooting took place.
- March 14: The 2018 UAB Highlands shooting took place.
- March: The Chelsea Public Library reopened in its new building.
- March 24: Approximately 5,000 people participated in the 2018 March for Our Lives at Railroad Park.
- May 5: Thousands of children recreated the 1963 Children's Crusade demonstration in an event in the Birmingham Civil Rights District organized by Jack and Jill of America.
- May 7: Highlands Bar & Grill and Dolester Miles were honored as "Most Outstanding Restaurant" and "Most Outstanding Pastry Chef" at the 2018 James Beard Foundation Awards.
- May 23-26: The 2018 Neighborhoods USA Conference was held in Birmingham.
- June 2: The Clay Public Library reopened in its new building.
- June 10: The Chelsea Historical Museum opened in the John Crane residence.
- June 24: A small plane crashed in Alexander City.
- June 28-July 1: 2018 NOBEL Women Annual Legislative Conference
- July 4: A fire destroyed the former El Palacio / Mexico Lindo Autentico building in Hoover.
- January 2: HealthSouth changed its name to Encompass Health.
- February 1: Avadian Credit Union acquired EBSCO Federal Credit Union.
- McLeod Software moved to Building 100 at the Meadow Brook Corporate Park.
- Main Street Inc. acquired Check Printers Inc. of Dallas, Texas.
- Hospicelink merged with StateServ of Tempe, Arizona.
- February: Diversified Gas & Oil acquired natural gas assets in the Appalachian Basin from Alliance Petroleum and CNX Resources for $180 million.
- February: Pizzeria GM opened in West Homewood.
- J. & M. Convenience Store in Enon Ridge rebranded as 3rd Street Market.
- April: Frontier Airlines began offering service to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
- May: Power Grid Engineering relocated from 3644 Vann Road to 820 Watterson Curve in Trussville.
- May: Chatham Hellmers sold her boutique, Charm, to Nicole Putman and Rachel Bayerle.
- June: The Burton & Associates law firm was acquired by Dominick Feld Hyde.
- June: Bell Media acquired Zeekee Interactive.
- July: The 3500, 3700, and 3800 Colonnade Parkway buildings were sold for $65 million.
- January 4: Farm Bowl & Juice Co. opened at 1920 29th Avenue South
- January 14: Stephen Gregory: A Men's Concept barber shop opened at Pickwick Plaza
- January: Freddy's Wine Bar in the Highland Towers apartments
- January 26: Wild Things at 2815B 18th Street South Homewood
- February: Brennan's Irish Pub in Five Points South
- February: Pizzeria GM on Oak Grove Road in West Homewood
- February: Lucky Cat Rolled Creams opened at 2908 18th Street South Homewood
- February: D's Tamales opened in Pickwick Plaza in Five Points South
- Caveat Coffee opened in Homewood.
- April: Stewart Industries International announced that it would open a maintenance and repair facility at the former Kaiser Aircraft Industries facility adjacent to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
- April: Brät Brot opened on 6th Avenue South in Lakeview.
- May 8: Saw's Southside opened on 11th Avenue South in Glen Iris.
- May 10: Bill Gunnels' Southern Sky Aviation began operating from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
- June 9: LeNell's Beverage Boutique opened in Norwood.
- June: Whistling Table restaurant opened in Forest Park Village.
- June 19: Blueprint on 3rd opened in Pepper Place.
- June: BrickTop's restaurant on U.S. Highway 280
- July: Lumbar bar and restaurant opened on 29th Street South.
- July: Mike's Merchandise discount retailer on Pelham Parkway
- July: Magic City Dentistry on 1st Avenue North in downtown Birmingham
- July: Organically Yours opened in East Lake.
- July 12: Annex Culinary Incubator opened in the former Tillman-Levenson Annex
- July 13: Alchemy opened in the Munger Building in Five Points South.
- August: Cookie Dough Magic in Avondale.
- Hartley's Down-Home Kitchen opened a second location in Columbiana.
- Organic Harvest grocery on 2nd Avenue North in downtown Birmingham.
- January: Alabama's last K Mart location, in Albertville, Marshall County, closed.
- January: Dorm Decor was acquired by Magnussen Home of New Hamburg, Ontario.
- January: Rowe's Service Station closed.
- January: Schaeffer Eye Center was acquired by My Eye Doctor of Vienna, Virginia.
- January 26: The Sam's Club at 3900 Grants Mill Road closed.
- Infinity Property & Casualty was acquired by Kemper Corp. of Chicago, Illinois.
- March: Adventure Park at Grants Mill closed.
- April: Bernie’s on Main Street in Columbiana closed.
- May: Silvertron Cafe closed.
- June 16: Foodland Plus in Alabaster closed.
- July 23: Union Furniture Co. in Tuscaloosa closed.
- American Osment was acquired by Imperial Dade of Jersey City, New Jersey.
- TekLinks was acquired by C Spire of Ridgeland, Mississippi.
- July: Mood Media of Austin, Texas acquired Pelham's focus4media
- January 3: Doug Jones was sworn into the U. S. Senate.
- January 9: The 2018 Alabama legislative session began.
- January 15: Mayor Randall Woodfin delivered his first "State of the Community " address.
- March 27: The Birmingham City Council approved $3 million in annual funding to the BJCC over a 30-year term to finance renovations and the addition of an open air stadium.
- April 10: Irondale residents voted down a 6-mill property tax increase 729-639 in a citywide referendum.
- April 25: Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin publicized highlights of his 2019 Birmingham budget proposal.
- May 5: 71 suspects were indicted in the Spring 2018 Gun Roundup.
- May 29: Irondale passed a 1% occupational tax.
- May 29: Birmingham's Public Athletic, Cultural and Entertainment Facilities Board was reconstituted.
- June 5: 2018 primary elections were held statewide.
- July 17: 2018 primary runoff elections were held statewide.
- November 6: The statewide 2018 general election was held.
- January 8: The 2017 Alabama Crimson Tide football team beat the Georgia Bulldogs 26-23 in overtime of the College Football Playoff National Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
- March 17: Field #2 at Luman Harris Park in Gardendale was renamed Steve Ridener Field in memory of Steve Ridener.
- April: A renovation project began on the BBVA Compass Field to expand the facility to 4,000 seats and to add a new video board and permanent ticket booths, concession stands, and restrooms. The project, which is due to be completed by the end of the year, was initiated because UAB and the United Soccer League have agreed for the Birmingham Legion, the city’s new professional soccer team, to begin play at the UAB facility starting in March 2019.
- October 2: The NBA's Houston Rockets played an exhibition game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Legacy Arena.
- December 1: The 2018 SWAC Football Championship was played at Legion Field.
- July 1: Lily McNair succeeded interim president Charlotte Morris as head of Tuskegee University.
- July 1: Mike Hallman succeeded Roy Berger as president and CEO of MedJet.
- July: T. C. McLemore became executive director of Red Mountain Park.
- July 9: Jack Royer was named co-anchor of the WIAT 42 evening newscast.
- April 16: The "Pulitzer Prize for Commentery" was awarded to John Archibald of the Alabama Media Group, and the "Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting" went to Stephanie McCrummen of The Washington Post for her report on allegations of sexual assault by Roy Moore.
- May: Lavala "Lala" Moss won a "Dance with Janet" audition contest to appear with Janet Jackson during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
- June 9: Callie Walker was crowned Miss Alabama.
- Alabama Business Hall of Fame: Patricia Barnes (Sister Schubert) of Andalusia, Jeffrey Bayer (Bayer Properties), Don James (Vulcan Materials), Charles McCrary (Alabama Power Co.), Randy Owen (Alabama (band)), James Pursell (Pursell Technologies) and John Rhoads (Ernst & Ernst)
- Al Denson retired as president and CEO of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
- January 16: Glenn Murdock resigned from the Alabama Supreme Court.
- July 1: Jeff Bridges retired as chief of the Trussville Police Department.
- July 31: Ray Hayes retired as Chancellor of the University of Alabama System.
- January 2: Rick Hall, record producer
- January 4: Bill Bolen, news anchor
- January 13: Brad Watkins, architectural salvage dealer
- January 13: Maurice Branscomb, Episcopal priest
- January 16: George Bandy, State Representative District 83
- January 23: Wyatt Walker, Civil Rights Movement leader
- January 31: Todd Cargo, hair stylist and salon owner
- February 1: Dennis Edwards, soul/R&B vocalist
- February 13: Berry Perry, peanut vendor
- February 17: Roy Hobbs, television news anchor
- February 17: Tony Pardi, leather worker
- March 5: John Buchanan Jr, former Baptist minister and U.S. Representative
- March 9: Kumar, a Malayan tiger
- March 18: Frank Fleming, sculptor
- March 25: Milton McGregor, gambling operator
- April 5: Karl Friedman, attorney
- April 17: David Foley, former Bishop of Birmingham
- May 2: Lyle Key, railroad executive and historian
- May 2: David Horn, former chief of the Lipscomb Fire Department, died in a fire at his home.
- May 3: Hiker Kevin Mason fell to his death at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
- May: Lee Watkins, former chemistry teacher at Indian Springs School
- May 16: Mike Slive, former Southeastern Conference commissioner
- May 29: Kevin Studdard Jr, brother of Ruben Studdard
- June 4: C. M. Newton, former Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball coach
- June 4: Sandra Storm, former judge
- June 19: Hubert Green, professional golfer
- June 21: William Acker, former federal judge
- June 30: Mitch Sneed, editor of the Alexander City Outlook
- July 1: Jim Brown, Briarwood Christian School basketball coach
- July 2: Helen Shores Lee, former circuit court judge
- July: Vincent Oliver, barber
- See also, List of homicides in 2018.
- The Infamous Birmingham Ax Murders by Jeremy Gray
- Murder on Shades Mountain: The Legal Lynching of Willie Peterson and the Struggle for Justice in Jim Crow Birmingham by Melanie Morrison
- BrickTop's restaurant at 2800 U.S. Highway 280
- Chelsea Public Library
- Clay Public Library
- Grandview Cancer Center
- March 20: Kiwanis Centennial Park at Vulcan Park and the head of Vulcan Trail
- March 28: Chelsea Public Library
- Park at Sydney Drive in Oxmoor Valley
- Thompson High School
- August 29: UAB Intramural and Club Sport Field Complex
- W. C. Davis School, for Lakeview Green
- Salvation Army Social Services Center on 11th Avenue South, for BJCC expansion
- Paul S. Worrell Building by UAB for a future parking deck
- July 17: The vacant former Ensley High School was damaged by fire.
In 2018 China's National People's Congress eliminated presidential term limits. Harry, Prince of Wales, married Meghan Markle.
The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. The 2018 Winter Olympics were held in PyeongChang, South Korea.
The Pritzker Prize for architecture was awarded to Balkrishna Doshi.
Notable deaths in 2018 included those of actors Harry Anderson, R. Lee Ermey, Margot Kidder, David Ogden Stiers, Verne Troyer and Jerry Van Dyke; film director Miloš Forman; Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad; activist John Perry Barlow; authors Harlan Ellison, Charles Krauthammer, Ursula K. Le Guin, Philip Roth, and Tom Wolfe; cartoonist Mort Walker; designer Kate Spade; distance runner Roger Bannister; evangelist Billy Graham; fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy; former First Lady Barbara Bush; physicist Stephen Hawking; NFL owners Tom Benson and Wayne Huizenga; newscasters Carl Kasell and Ed Schultz; sportscaster Keith Jackson; radio host Art Bell; television producer Steven Bochco; musicians Joe Jackson, Hugh Masekela and Dolores O'Riordan; and Koko the gorilla.
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