December 17 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2010: Former Birmingham Barons star first baseman Walt Dropo died in Peabody, Massachusetts.
- 2007: Patrick Cooper dropped his challenge to the election of Larry Langford as Mayor of Birmingham.
- 2006: Neil Callaway was hired as head football coach for the UAB Blazers.
- 1970: A major fire destroyed three stores on the 1800 block of 3rd Avenue North.
- 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.
- 1868: Jefferson County Sheriff Walter McAdory was born.
- 1846: Andrew Adger was born in Charleston, South Carolina.