January 20 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2016: UAB's new Hill Student Center hosted a grand opening.
- 2014: The Southern restaurant opened at Uptown.
- 2007: The historic Samuel Barnett residence in Forest Park was destroyed by fire.
- 1984: A collection of John Rhoden's sculpture went on display at Birmingham Museum of Art.
- 1934: Pedro Gussman was struck by a car in front of St Paul's Cathedral.
- 1964: Basketball coach Mark Gottfried was born.
- 1949: Attorney and Vulcan Materials CEO Donald James was born in Russellville.
- 1934: Hockey coach John Brophy was born in Nova Scotia, Canada.
- 1920: Baseball player Sam Hairston was born.
- 1913: Baseball player Jimmy Outlaw was born in Orme, Tennessee.
- 1907: Baseball player Bob Adams was born.
- 1882: Shopkeeper Gus Jebeles was born in Karitsa, Lakonia, Greece.
- 1875: Birmingham Giants founder C. I. Taylor was born in Anderson, South Carolina.
- 1865: Trainmaster John J. Connolly was born in Louisville, Kentucky.
- 1847: Minister William Pettiford was born.
- 1843: Mayor Robert Henley was born in Demopolis, Marengo County.
- 2016: Political activist Wash Booker died.
- 2009: Football player Joe Domnanovich died in Birmingham.
- 2008: Talladega County Central High School basketball coach Clarence Marble died in Birmingham.
- 2005: Theologian and educator Roland Frye died.
- 2001: Traffic engineer Arthur Jazwinski died.
- 1906: General Joe Wheeler died.