August 20 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2008: The bodies of the five victims of the Cahaba Lakes murders were found in an apartment in Shelby County.
- 2007: SouthPoint Bank opened a third branch in Gardendale.
- 2003: John Calamus's short-lived Yanni's: A Nuove Grille restaurant opened in the Vestavia Hills City Center.
- 1999: Philip Triantos filed a lawsuit challenging the Jefferson County Occupational Tax.
- 1980: University Mall in Tuscaloosa celebrated its grand opening.
- 1973: Singer Lou Rawls kicked off a 4-night engagement at Joe Namath's Restaurant on 20th Street South.
- 1966: The 7-story North Wing addition to the University of Alabama Medical Center was dedicated.
- 1945: Japanese prisoner of war Kenneth Farmer was released after more than three years of captivity.
- 1910: John L. White's Great Alabama Minstrels were the first African-Americans to perform at East Lake Park.
- 1948: Football Hall of Famer Tom Banks was born.
- 1934: Soul singer Clarence Lewis was born in Birmingham.
- 2016: Pro-Bowl quarterback Harry Gilmer died in St Louis, Missouri.
- 2016: Journalist George Curry died in Laurel, Maryland.
- 2004: Former Birmingham Black Barons catcher/infielder Willie Patterson died in Mobile.
- 1998: Athlete and businessman Fred Sington died in Birmingham.
- 1965: Attorney Matt H. Murphy died in a car crash in Tuscaloosa County.