December 17 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2013: One person was killed and 8 others seriously injured in a natural gas explosion at Marks Village in Gate City.
- 2013: The Birmingham City Council passed the Birmingham food truck ordinance.
- 2007: Patrick Cooper dropped his challenge to the election of Larry Langford as Mayor of Birmingham.
- 1977: Lakeview School was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
- 1970: A major fire destroyed three stores on the 1800 block of 3rd Avenue North.
- 1819: The Alabama State Assemby closed its inaugural session in Huntsville.
- 1969: Professional angler Gerald Swindle was born.
- 1945: Musician Sam Dees was born in Birmingham.
- 1939: Singer Eddie Kendricks was born in Union Springs.
- 1928: Actor George Lindsey was born in Fairfield.
- 1872: Lumber dealer John Coe was born in Selma.
- 1868: Jefferson County Sheriff Walter McAdory was born.
- 1846: Coal company executive Andrew Adger was born in Charleston, South Carolina.
- 2010: Former Birmingham Barons star first baseman Walt Dropo died in Peabody, Massachusetts.
- 1928: Dentist George Eubank died.