January 17 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2013: A rare thundersnow brought 2" to the Birmingham area.
- 2011: Robert Bentley was inaugurated as the 53rd Governor of Alabama.
- 2008: Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce voted to add "Area" to its name.
- 2008: Carlos Subero was named manager of the Barons.
- 2002: The Alabama Slammers lost 36-0 to Indianapolis.
- 2001: After 8 years and 77 exhibitions, Agnes gallery closed it doors.
- 1988: Jeremiah Castille, playing for the Denver Broncos caused "The Fumble" that kept the Cleveland Browns from playing in the Super Bowl.
- 1984: Rafael Santana was released by the St Louis Cardinals and signed with the New York Mets.
- 1966: The trial of Mel Powers and his aunt and lover Candace Mossler for the murder of her husband began in Miami, Florida.
- 1911: Emmet O'Neal succeeded B. B. Comer as Governor of Alabama.
- 1851: Samuel Ullman and his family arrived in America after a 56-day voyage from France.
 Births and deaths
- 2013: James Hood, who helped integrate the University of Alabama, died at home in Gadsden.
- 1920: Pitcher Jay Heard was born in Athens, Georgia.
- 1915: Pitcher Lum Harris was born in New Castle.
- 1831: Relay House proprietor George R. Ward was born in Culpeper County, Virginia.
- 1811: Governor George Houston was born.