January 3 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2011: Vinny Vito's Italian & Steaks in Moody was destroyed by fire.
- 2007: Rick & Bubba went on the air at WZZK.
- 1989: A robbery at Mabel's Beauty Shop & Chainsaw Repair led to the murder of bartender David Painter.
- 1989: Charles Gordon joined the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service.
- 1969: Elmwood Cemetery was integrated as veteran Bill Terry Jr's remains were moved from Shadow Lawn Cemetery following a federal court ruling.
- 1951: The first meeting of the Vestavia Hills City Council was held.
- 1945: Luther Patrick completed his final term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- 1998: UAB Blazers basketball player Luis Hurtado was born in Mérida, Venezuela.
- 1968: NFL player Thomas Rayam was born in Orlando, Florida.
- 1964: NBA player Buck Johnson was born in Birmingham.
- 1925: Birmingham Times founder Jesse Lewis was born in Tuscaloosa.
- 1922: Vulcan Materials CEO Houston Blount was born in Union Springs, Bullock County.
- 2014: Actress, director and English teacher Betty Caldwell died.
- 2012: Former UAB Blazers basketball coach and athletics director Gene Bartow died.
- 2012: Interior designer Ruby Ansley died.
- 2010: Attorney Walter Braswell and fashion designer Charles Kleibacker died.
- 1989: David Painter, a bartender at Mabel's Beauty Shop & Chainsaw Repair, was shot and killed during a robbery.
- 1973: Southern Natural Gas Company founder Christopher Chenery died in New Rochelle, New York.