January 26 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2012: Bo Smith was shot to death during a robbery at Torme Associated Foods in Bessemer.
- 2010: William Bell was sworn in as Mayor of Birmingham.
- 2010: Art collector Paul R. Jones died in Atlanta, Georgia.
- 2009: Alabama Crimson Tide basketball coach Mark Gottfried was fired.
- 2008: Magic City Motor Scooters held its grand opening.
- 2005: Condoleezza Rice became Secretary of State after the departure of Colin Powell.
- 1999: The Furnace Master's Restaurant at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park burned down.
- 1995: Newberry's department store closed to make way for McWane Science Center's IMAX Dome Theater.
- 1983: Bear Bryant died in Tuscaloosa.
- 1982: Writer and filmmaker Billy Ray Brewton was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- 1944: Activist Angela Davis was born in Birmingham.
- 1887: Woodward Furnace No. 2 was blown in.
- 1871: The organizers of the Elyton Land Company met in Josiah Morris' bank office to divide up shares in the venture that founded Birmingham.
- 1839: The Alabama Legislature established a penitentiary system.