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 7: A Lil Baby rap concert at Bill Harris Arena was broken up by a backstage shooting.
- 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.
- May 28– : A series of protests were held over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- May 31: A surge of vandalism following a day of protests caused significant damage at Linn Park and around downtown Birmingham.
- June 1: The Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Memorial at Linn Park was dismantled by the City of Birmingham.
- July 1: Parking at Birmingham's 3,945 downtown metered spaces could be paid for through the "ParkMobile" mobile app.
- 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.
- June: George Sarris merged his Yellow Bicycle Catering Co. with Richard Wilkins' R & S Food Services.
- Washee Quickee Car Wash moved from 2700 3rd Avenue South in Lakeview to 4401 4th Avenue South in Avonwood.
- July: Jay and Laura Middleton purchased the Fleet Feet Birmingham franchise at Patchwork Farms in Vestavia Hills.
- August: Ponder Properties merged with NAI Chase Commercial Realty.
- 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.
- June 7: Refined to Go opened in Old Town Helena.
- July: Sublime Media acquired the assets of Alliance Communications, including Fabricating and Metalworking magazine.
- August 1: Gardendale Pickers opened in the former K-Mart at 901 Decatur Highway in Gardendale.
- August 3: Michael's opened at the Negro Southern League Museum.
- Summer: Rob and Emily McDaniel opened Helen restaurant in the Meelheim Building at 2013 2nd Avenue North.
- 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.
- May: Blevins Barber Shop at Two North Twentieth closed.
- May: Books-A-Million closed its Brookwood Village store.
- June: Klingler's in Vestavia Hills closed.
- June 14: Cocina Superior at Brookwood Village closed.
- June: Shrimp Basket closed its Crestwood Boulevard location.
- June: Johnny Ray's closed its Chelsea location.
- June 17: Urban Standard on 2nd Avenue North closed.
- July: Building Specialties was acquired by the Cook & Boardman Group of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
- July: Avanti Polar Lipids was acquired by Croda International of Snaith, United Kingdom.
- July: Sur la Table closed its store at The Summit.
- July: Jason's Deli closed its Brookwood Village location.
- July 14: California Pizza Kitchen closed its restaurant at The Summit.
- July: Ann Taylor LOFT closed its store at Brookwood Village.
- July: Birmingham magazine suspended print publication.
- July: Brennan's at Five Points South closed.
- July: StrategyWise was acquired by E Source of Boulder, Colorado.
- August 2: Woodlawn Cycle Cafe closed.
- August: Little Savannah Restaurant & Bar closed.
- August 10: Grede closed its Columbiana foundry.
- March 16: Public K-12 schools were closed by order of Governor Kay Ivey due to the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.
- July: Strayer University relocated from Grandview Parkway to Two North Twentieth.
- 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.
- July 14: Mayor Randall Woodfin announced a ban on police chokeholds and a requirement for officers to intervene and report incidents of excessive violence.
- 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.
- July: Lee Yount was hired as interim director of United Ability.
- Alabama Music Hall of Fame: Gary Baker, Mervyn Warren, Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton and Elton B. Stephens
- August: WBRC 6 news anchor Janet Hall retired.
- August: Lawson State Community College president Perry Ward retired.
- November: Vestavia Hills Rebels head football coach Buddy Anderson retired.
- 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
- June 1: Pat Dye, former Auburn Tigers football coach
- June 5: Gary Edwards, CEO of United Ability
- June 6: Joseph Boohaker, former presiding judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama
- June 18: Matt, a Komodo dragon at the Birmingham Zoo
- June 19: Tadpole, a Nile hippopotamus at the Birmingham Zoo
- June 21: Jimmy Pursell, founder of Pursell Industries
- June 26: Thomas Blanton, convicted murderer
- June 28: Peggy Prickett, clothier
- July 1: Elise Penfield, educator and community activist
- July 5: Cleveland Eaton, jazz bassist
- July 9: Billy Joe Driver, Mayor of Clanton
- July 14: Ron Johnson, state legislator
- July: Dave Holloway, naturalist
- July: Marty Schulman, naturalist
- July 21: Stanley Robinson, professional basketball player
- July 23: Ouida Fritschi, community activist
- July 30: Harvey Updyke, former Texas state trooper convicted of poisoning the oak trees at Toomer's Corner
- August 1: J. D. Weeks, author and historian
- 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
- Planned Parenthood Birmingham Clinic on 1st Avenue North in Smithfield
- Macaroni Lofts
- New Ideal Lofts
- UAB Technology Innovation Center
- Valley Hotel on 28th Avenue South Homewood
- Wylam Library renovations
- January: Ensley Highlands Presbyterian Church
- July: De Paul Building at St Vincent's Birmingham
- Victory Tabernacle Community Church at 1300 12th Avenue North
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 activist C. T. Vivian; actors Wilford Brimley, Robert Conrad, Olivia de Havilland, Brian Dennehy, Kirk Douglas, Ian Holm, Kelly Preston, John Saxon, Jerry Stiller, Max von Sydow, and Fred Willard; basketball stars Kobe Bryant and Curly Neal; business executive Herman Cain; cartoonists Gene Deitch and Mort Drucker; composers Johnny Mandel and Ennio Morricone; critic Michael Sorkin; directors Alan Parker, Carl Reiner, Joel Schumacher and 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, Elizabeth Wurtzel, and Carlos Ruiz Zafón; Monty Python founder Terry Jones; musicians Charlie Daniels, Joe Diffie, Little Richard, Vera Lynn, 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; playwright/activist Larry Kramer; publisher Earl Graves Sr; television hosts Grant Imahara and Regis Philbin; and U.S. Representative John Lewis.
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