January 5 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2017: Urban Standard was damaged by fire and closed for several months.
- 2011: A single-engine plane crashed near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, killing pilot Eugene Scott.
- 2004: Deborah Vance was named Vice President of Community Development for the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce.
- 2002: An accident at Malfunction Junction claimed the life of trucker Tim Dyson and forced the closure of the bridge connecting I-20W/59S to I-65 South.
- 1968: The final broadcast of Birmingham's "Bozo the Clown," starring Ward McIntyre, was aired.
- 1886: The Elyton Land Company began operating the first public utility electrical plant in the state.
- 1973: Artist and editor Charles Buchanan was born.
- 1964: Law librarian and playwright David Garrett was born in Birmingham.
- 1960: Salon owner Richard Joseph Smith was born in Huntsville.
- 1958: Football hall of famer Joe Cribbs was born.
- 1953: Former Alabama head football coach Mike DuBose was born in Opp.
- 1901: Baseball player Luke Sewell was born.
- 1896: U.S. Marshal Dick Griffin was born.
- 1872: Educator Charles A. Brown was born.
- 1844: Businessman Benjamin Roden was born.
- 2011: Eugene Scott died in the 2011 East Lake plane crash
- 2010: Minister to the homeless Jessie Hale Downs died.
- 2010: Aviator Joe Shannon died.
- 2010: Retired police officer Orlandera Johnson died.
- 2009: Marvin’s CEO Alfred Cohn died.
- 2003: Former Birmingham City Council member Roosevelt Bell died at home.
- 2002: Trucker Tim Dyson died in a collision at Malfunction Junction.