January 1 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2013: Three teens were killed in a plane crash in Jasper.
- 2013: Cooper Green Mercy Hospital reopened as a primary and urgent care clinic.
- 2013: The Birmingham Pledge was read aloud from Hawk's View Overlook at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve.
- 2010: Drummer Gregory Slay (Remy Zero) died.
- 2010: Frost Cummings LLP and the Tidwell Group merged to create the Frost Cummings Tidwell Group.
- 2009: Former Birmingham-Southern College president Henry Stanford died in Americus, Georgia.
- 2007: Fried Green Radio began broadcasting over the Internet.
- 2005: Renasant Bank entered Birmingham with the purchase of Decatur's Heritage Bank.
- 2002: Malcolm Portera succeeded Thomas Meredith as chancellor of the University of Alabama System.
- 1998: WBMG 42's newscast went off the air.
- 1996: The West End Masonic Temple was destroyed by fire.
- 1996: Dowd Ritter succeeded John Woods as president and CEO of AmSouth Bank.
- 1984: South Central Bell and six other regional companies split off from AT&T by order of the U.S. Department of Justice.
- 1967: Linebacker Derrick Thomas was born in Miami, Florida.
- 1965: Congresswoman Terri Sewell was born in Huntsville, Madison County.
- 1962: The Birmingham City Commission ordered all city parks to close in defiance of a court order to end segregation.
- 1947: The city's first FM station, WAFM-FM went on the air.
- 1943: Frank Carnaggio enlisted in the Air Force.
- 1942: 1941 Alabama Crimson Tide football team beat Texas A&M 29-21 in the Cotton Bowl.
- 1916: The Florence Hotel was closed.
- 1910: Elyton, Ensley, Wylam and other communities became part of the city of Birmingham as part of the Greater Birmingham legislation.
- 1909: Bibb County Junior High School opened in Centreville.
- 1908; Local prohibition went into effect in Jefferson County
- 1890: Walter McAdory married Daisey Crook.
- 1777: William Pullen enlisted in the Continental Army.
 Bowl games
- 1952: Bethune-Cookman defeated Texas College 27-13 in the 10th and final Vulcan Bowl at Legion Field.
- 1949: Kentucky State defeated North Carolina A&T 23-13 in the 9th Vulcan Bowl.
- 1949: Baylor defeated Wake Forest 20-7 in the 2nd and final Dixie Bowl at Legion Field.
- 1948: Central State (Ohio) defeated Grambling State 27-21 in the 8th Vulcan Bowl.
- 1948: Arkansas defeated William & Mary 21-19 in the first Dixie Bowl.
- 1947: Tennessee State defeated Louisville Municipal College 32-0 in the 7th Vulcan Bowl.
- 1946: Tennessee State University defeated Texas College 33-6 in the 6th Vulcan Bowl.
- 1945: Tennessee State University defeated Tuskegee University 13-0 in the 5th Vulcan Bowl.
- 1944: Tuskegee University defeated Clark College 12-7 in the 4th Vulcan Bowl.
- 1943: Texas College defeated Tuskegee University 13-10 in the 3rd Vulcan Bowl.
- 1942: Langston College defeated Morris Brown College 13-0 in the 2nd Vulcan Bowl.
- 1941: Morris Brown defeated Wilberforce 19-3 in the 1st Vulcan Bowl.