December 8 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2009: A special election was held to elect a Mayor of Birmingham after the conviction of Larry Langford.
- 2009: A small plane made a soft landing in a field next to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
- 2006: The last Birmingham-based taping of the Dixon & Willoughby morning show aired on WAPI-AM 1070.
- 2005: Ground was broken for the Birmingham Social Security Administration Center.
- 1945: Distinguished Service Cross recipient Elliott Dent received his discharge from the US Air Force.
- 1921: Shades Valley Lodge No. 829 in Homewood was chartered.
- 1888: The bodies of Emma and Irene Hawes were found in Lakeview Park. Postmaster Maurice Throckmorton and nine others were killed during ensuing riot at the Jefferson County Jail.
- 1870: Josiah Morris purchased the 4,150 acres which would become Birmingham.
- 1984: Country singer/songwriter and former UAB Blazers quarterback Sam Hunt was born in Cedartown, Georgia.
- 1941: Alabama Crimson Tide athletic director Bill Battle III was born in Birmingham.
- 1928: UAB doctor Charles Alford was born in Birmingham.
- 1887: Dodgers pitcher Eddie Dent was born in Baltimore, Maryland.
- 2012: Del "Twinkles" Chambordon died.
- 1964: Alabama Power Company chairman Thomas Martin died.
- 1888: Postmaster Maurice Throckmorton and nine others were killed during the Hawes riot.