January 12 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2016: William Bell delivered the 2016 State of the City address to the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham.
- 2007: The 2007 State of the Region luncheon was held at the Harbert Center.
- 2004: Joe Namath entered into an outpatient alcoholism treatment program.
- 1932: Lightning caused a fire which destroyed the upper floor of the Walker County Courthouse.
- 1979: Restaurateur Mauricio Papapietro was born in Birmingham.
- 1917: Jessie Hale Downs, co-founder of the Jimmie Hale Mission, was born in Moundville.
- 1912: Football player Howard Bailey was born.
- 1876: Doctor Laura Burton was born.
- 2014: UAB School of Medicine dean James Pittman died.
- 2014: Construction executive Bob Burton died.
- 2009: Ballet dancer Gage Bush Englund died in New York City.
- 1999: Radio actress Betty Lou Gerson died after a stroke.
- 1990: Prison guard Bill Donaldson was stabbed to death at the West Jefferson Correctional Facility.
- 1972: Parker High School band director John T. "Fess" Whatley died.
- 1910: Birmingham News founder Rufus Rhodes died.