February 17 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2008: The Parliament House was imploded.
- 1990: The Cult played at UAB Arena.
- 1963: Vulcan's torch began signaling heart disease deaths rather than traffic fatalities for a week to support the Heart Fund Drive.
- 1941: Construction of the USS Birmingham (CL-62) began.
- 1935: Gertrude Stein departed Birmingham for New Orleans.
- 1927: Theodore Swann made the first transatlantic long-distance call from Birmingham, reaching Kenneth Wilson of chemical manufacturers Albright & Wilson in Birmingham, England. He was charged $81 for the three-minute call.
- 1925: Coming Through premiered in New York City.
- 1904: John Frye opened the Traders National Bank in Birmingham.
- 1984: "Yellowhammer News" publisher Cliff Sims was born in Enterprise, Coffee County.
- 1971: Birmingham City Councilor Lashunda Scales was born.
- 1963: Birmingham Baron Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York.
- 1952: Television news anchor Mike Royer was born in Clay City, Indiana.
- 1940: Journalist and author Wayne Greenhaw was born in Sheffield, Colbert County.
- 1929: Architect Jim Mitchell was born.
- 1922: Major League pitcher Ed Chandler was born in Pinson.
- 1899: Football coach Peahead Walker was born in Birmingham.
- 1865: Industrialist and developer Frank Nelson Jr was born in Shelby County.
- 1999: Architect Dupree Greer died.
- 1921: Elyton Land Company general manager Willis Milner died.
- 1763: Creek Indian leader Alexander McGillivary died.