2020 is the 149th year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.
- January 5: Two people died in a plane crash at Cullman Regional Airport.
- January 21: The new I-20/59 downtown viaduct opened after a year of construction.
- February 27: AL.com disabled its online comments section.
- March 16: Alabama public schools were closed to slow the spread of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.
- April 12: A tornado outbreak affected central Alabama on Easter Sunday.
- April 17: An apartment building at 1613 19th Street Ensley was damaged by fire, and one resident was killed.
- April 19: The Moody Music Building at the University of Alabama was damaged by fire.
- July 11: The first Alabama Jazz Festival was held at Railroad Park.
- September 14–16: The Frontier Conference 2020, originally scheduled for April, was held at the Lyric Theatre
- January 1: TTL Inc. of Tuscaloosa acquired DBS & Associates Engineering of Tennessee.
- January 1: Graham & Co. acquired the Brookmont Realty Group.
- January 14: ProctorU announced a merger with Yardstick Assessment Strategies of Ottawa, Ontario to form Meazure Learning.
- January: Daxko acquired PlayerSpace of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.
- Regions Bank consolidated workers at its Regions Riverchase Operations Center and closed its Regions Lakeshore Operations Center.
- GoodJob acquired Fetch Talent.
- Wayne's Pest Control acquired Priority Pest of Mt Juliet, Tennessee.
- ProAssurance acquired NORCAL Group of San Francisco, California.
- February: ARC Realty merged with H2 Real Estate.
- February: PS Holdco acquired Southeast Logistics of Tuscaloosa.
- March: JEST IPA, Princeton Premier IPA, Red Mountain IPA, Shelby Chilton IPA and Synergy IPA merged to form the Iron City Independent Physician Association.
- April: EBSCO Industries acquired Zepheira of Reston, Virginia.
- May: Longtime pharmacist Matt Leach purchased Crestline Pharmacy from Mike Cobb and Scooter Hammers.
- May: Birmingham Fastener & Supply acquired Atlanta Rod & Manufacturing.
- May: PS Logistics acquired the assets of CT Transportation of Savannah, Georgia.
- May 26: Birmingham Direct Primary Care moved from 2231 Victory Lane in Hoover to 901 Oxmoor Road in Edgewood.
- January 7: Art's Barber Shop reopened at 3301 Crestwood Boulevard
- January 7: Yum Yai reopened at 5426 U.S. Highway 280
- January 20: Dave Horn and Taylor Hughes opened SoHo Standard at SoHo Square.
- Marco and Juan Perez opened Maya Mexican Restaurant at the former Del Toro in Alabaster.
- February: Marco Butturini opened Le Fresca at 2218 2nd Avenue North.
- Summer: Gardendale Pickers opened in the former K-Mart at 901 Decatur Highway in Gardendale.
- ISCO Industries of Louisville, Kentucky acquired M. T. Deason.
- Zula's Mart on Highland Avenue closed.
- January 8: Magic City Krabs at 2201 4th Place West closed.
- January 15: Charlemagne Records on 11th Avenue South closed.
- January 18: Hot Diggity Dogs of 5th Avenue South closed.
- February: Plant Power & Control Systems was acquired by IES Holdings of Houston, Texas.
- March 8: The Whole Foods in Hoover's Whole Foods Market Plaza closed.
- March: Babalu at 29 Seven closed.
- March: Mile End Deli at Parkside Apartments closed.
- March: Brio Tuscan Grille at Brookwood Village closed.
- March: Command Alkon was acquired by Thoma Bravo of San Francisco, California.
- April: Gold's Gym locations at The Colonnade and Oak Mountain Marketplace closed.
- April: Olive Garden closed its Eastwood Village location.
- April: Cowfish closed at The Summit.
- April: Momma Goldberg's Deli locations on Frank Street in Trussville and at Station 121 in Midtown closed.
- April 22: The North Jefferson News was shut down.
- April 27: Z's Restaurant closed.
- May 4: Lucy's Coffee and Tea closed.
- May: The Kordoroy Krocodile consignment shop closed.
- May: Sol's Sandwich Shop at Two North Twentieth closed.
- March 16: Public K-12 schools were closed by order of Governor Kay Ivey due to the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.
- The City of Trussville celebrated its Bicentennial.
- January 7: Randall Woodfin delivered the 2020 State of the City address.
- March 17: Jefferson County Health Officer Mark Wilson imposed countywide rules restricting visitors to nursing homes, barring on-premises service at restaurants and bars, and closing private schools and pre-schools.
- March 19: Governor Kay Ivey ordered on-premises food and beverage service, public gatherings and beaches to be closed due to the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.
- March 24: The Birmingham City Council passed a "shelter in place" ordinance due to the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.
- March 27: Governor Ivey issued a statewide order to close non-essential businesses and prohibit gatherings of 10 or more people.
- April 3: Governor Ivey issued a statewide "shelter in place" order.
- May 19: The City of Fairfield filed for municipal bankruptcy.
- March 15: Dorinda Broadnax was installed as pastor of First Congregational Christian Church in College Hills.
- January 1: The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Michigan Wolverines 35-16 in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
- January 1: The Auburn Tigers lost to the Minnesota Golden Gophers 24-31 in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.
- January 2: The Cincinnati Bearcats defeated the Boston College Eagles 38-6 in the 2020 Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field.
- January 6: Alabama Crimson Tide juniors Henry Ruggs III, Jerry Jeudy and Tua Tagovailoa announced for the 2020 NFL Draft.
- February 22: Deontay Wilder fought Tyson Fury to defend his WBC heavyweight title.
- March: UAB Men's basketball coach Rob Ehsan was fired and former player and assistant coach Andy Kennedy was hired to succeed him.
- March 6–8: The 2020 Bassmaster Classic was held at Lake Guntersville and the BJCC.
- The 2020 Birmingham Legion FC season was postponed.
- June: The 2020 National Indoor Pickleball Championship was held at the Finley Center in Hoover.
- Chef Brandon Cain left Roots & Revelry.
- January 27: Ginny Tucker succeeded interim Brooke Bowles as CEO of Impact America.
- February 3: Cory Moon was sworn in as Chief of the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service.
- April 17: Andrea Taylor resigned from her role as CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
- May 4: David Hyche succeeded Sean Lemley as chief of the Calera Police Department.
- May: State Representative April Weaver resigned her office to accept a job in the Trump administration.
- Alabama Music Hall of Fame: Gary Baker, Mervyn Warren, Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton and Elton B. Stephens
- January 10: John Bresnan, Chief of the Homewood Fire Department
- January 13: Doug Barnes, street character
- January 21: De'Runnya Wilson, former college football player
- February 2: Raymond Williams, former NASA administrator
- February 6: Jerry Levin, journalist and activist
- February 7: Sammy Salvo, crooner and grocer
- February 11: Dartie Flynt
- February 22: Thracie Pace, Birmingham Public Library Friends Bookstore manager
- March 1: Mable Anderson, psychology professor and activist
- March 8: Parker, a red panda at the Birmingham Zoo
- March 17: Mamie Brown Mason, healthcare consultant and co-founder of the ACHMR Choir.
- March 27: Joseph Lowery, Methodist minister and SCLC co-founder
- April 2: Ruth Appelhof, former Birmingham Museum of Art curator
- April 6: Rodney Dodson, former Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Captain
- April 12: Tarvaris Jackson, former NFL quarterback
- April 25: Erskine Faush, AME Zion minister, radio executive and gospel singer
- May 3: Brandy Ayers, former Anniston Star publisher
- May 4: Jeff Fore, Trussville Fire Department fire marshal and assistant chief
- May 5: Lewis Manderson Jr, founder of Creative Displays
- May: Thomas Linton, barber and civil rights leader
- See also:
- 1001 20th Street South at Five Points South
- 20 Midtown Phase 3
- AIDS Alabama Way Station in Smithfield
- Howlett Clubhouse for the A. G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club at CrossPlex Village
- Redevelopment of American Life Building as "workforce" apartments
- Bessemer Amazon Fulfillment Center
- Evonik Birmingham Laboratories expansion
- Firehouse Shelter
- Freedom Manor renovations
- I-20/59 downtown viaduct
- Macaroni Lofts
- New Ideal Lofts
- UAB Technology Innovation Center
- Valley Hotel on 28th Avenue South Homewood
- Wylam Library renovations
In 2020 a worldwide pandemic associated with the "COVID–19" virus caused massive disruption to public health, markets and society. The United Methodist Church split over acceptance of gay marriage. President Trump approved a drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis at Baghdad International Airport. Massive bushfires spread across Australia. The 2020 Olympic Summer Games were held in Tokyo, Japan.
Notable deaths in 2020 included actors Robert Conrad, Brian Dennehy, Kirk Douglas, Jerry Stiller, Max von Sydow, and Fred Willard; basketball stars Kobe Bryant and Curly Neal; cartoonists Gene Deitch and Mort Drucker; critic Michael Sorkin; director Lynn Shelton; former president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak; General Electric chairman Jack Welch; journalist Jim Lehrer; writers Clive Cussler, Roger Kahn, Terrence McNally, Charles Portis, and Elizabeth Wurtzel; Monty Python founder Terry Jones; musicians Joe Diffie, Little Richard, Ellis Marsalis, Neil Peart, John Prine, Kenny Rogers, Adam Schlesinger, Joseph Shabalala, McCoy Tyner and Bill Withers; former NBA commissioner David Stern; physicists Freeman Dyson and Katherine Johnson; and publisher Earl Graves Sr.
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