August 31 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2011: The first issue of Weld hit the streets.
- 2009: Big Bolton's BBQ opened in Argo.
- 2008: Stillman College 38 - Miles College 12 at Legion Field.
- 2002: Musician Lionel Hampton died.
- 1995: Then-CEO Richard Scrushy announced that HealthSouth was going to build a new headquarters on U.S. Highway 280.
- 1983: Multiple murder suspect Martez Seay was born.
- 1966: Medal of Honor recipient Matthew Leonard began his final tour in Vietnam.
- 1962: John Colreavy was appointed pastor of St Anthony's Church in Ensley.
- 1948: In a game against Chattanooga, Jim Wasdell tied the Birmingham Barons' record of 6 hits in one game.
- 1939: Musician Cleveland Eaton was born in Fairfield.
- 1933: UAB immunologoist Max Cooper was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi.
- 1909: Pitcher Eddie Dent made his Major League debut with the Brooklyn Superbas.
- 1821: Calera's first settler, John R. Gamble, purchased his first 100 acres in the area.