April 17 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2009: The Homewood Scooter Club was established.
- 1991: The Southern Baptist Convention Sunday School Board placed a stone marker at the site of O'Brien's Opera House, where the group had been organized in 1891.
- 1901: Third Presbyterian Church's building and rectory were destroyed by fire.
- 1814: Andrew Jackson established a headquarters at Fort Jackson and accepted the surrenders of Indian leaders.
- 1961: Broadway star Rebecca Luker was born in Helena.
- 1954: CAPS director Teresa Thorne was born in Montgomery.
- c. 1953: News anchor Pam Huff was born in West Virginia.
- 1937: Father James Tuohy was born in Thurles, Tipperary, Ireland.
- 1932: Meteorologist J. B. Elliott was born in Hale County.
- 2018: Former Bishop of Birmingham David Foley died.
- 2016: Reformed bank robber and minister Mary Kay Beard died in Missouri.
- 2014: Retired Birmingham Police Department Sergeant Betty Jensen died.
- 2011: Former University of Alabama President Andrew Sorensen died.
- 1992: Western swing bandleader Hank Penny died in Camarillo, California.
- 1947: Architect and artist Frank Hartley Anderson died in Habersham County, Georgia.
- 1937: Birmingham Barons pitcher Bill Foxen died in Brooklyn, New York.
- 1904: Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Parsons died in Bessemer.
- 2009: Pitcher Andy Phillips was traded to the Chicago White Sox.
- 2004: Birmingham Steeldogs 54, Arkansas Twisters 40 at Little Rock.
- 1983: Denver Gold 9, Birmingham Steeldogs 7
- 1927: Former Birmingham Baron Sammy West made his Major League debut with the Washington Senators.