July 17 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2007: Dan Calloway dropped out of the race for Mayor of Vestavia Hills, giving Butch Zaragoza the incumbency.
- 2000: Compass Bank acquired Founders Bank of Arizona.
- 1948: The inaugural Dixiecrat convention, held at Municipal Auditorium, nominated Strom Thurmond as its candidate for President of the United States.
- 1934: State representatives of the United Textile Workers of America (UTW) voted in Birmingham to call a general labor strike statewide. It expanded into a national strike in August.
- 1908: A gun battle broke out during the 1908 coal miners' strike.
- 1885: A natural gas explosion in the Ellen Shaft nearly killed engineer Llewellyn Johns and his assistants J. G. Moore and William Faul.
- 1837: Hugh McVay succeeded Clement Comer Clay as Governor upon Clay's appointment to the U. S. Senate.
- 1994: Running back Derrick Henry was born in Yulee, Florida.
- 1950: Sculptor Branko Medenica was born in Germany.
- 1943: Former Cathedral Church of the Advent Dean Frank Limehouse was born in South Carolina.
- 1942: Pro football player Steve Wright was born.
- 1939: Birmingham Post-Herald political reporter Ted Bryant was born in Geneva County.
- 1920: Radio announcer Joe Rumore was born in Birmingham.
- 1889: Infielder Guy Tutwiler was born in Coalburg.
- 1866: Firefighter Gip Spruiell was born in St Clair County.
- 1814: Historian Alexander Meek was born in Columbia, South Carolina.
- 2015: Former Birmingham Parks & Recreation Board director Frank Wagner died.
- 2014: Shuttle astronaut Hank Hartsfield died in Houston, Texas.
- 2014: Pediatrician Santosh Khare died in Hoover.
- 2006: Artist Bill Morgan Freeman died in Birmingham.
- 1980: Legendary Auburn football coach Shug Jordan died.
- 1965: Novelist James Saxon Childers died in Atlanta, Georgia.
- 1908: Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Charles Gardner was shot and killed while on duty during a gun battle between union miners and strikebreakers.
- 2004: The Steeldogs lost 56-22 at Quad City Steamwheelers.
- 1982: The Alabama Magic lost 19-14 at Tallahassee Statesmen.
- 1910: 1910 Birmingham Barons pitcher Harry Coveleski threw a no-hitter through 9 innings, but the Barons lost in extra innings.
- Record low: 60 degrees F (2014)
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