July 18 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- The inaugural Sloss Music & Arts Festival kicked off at Sloss Furnaces.
- 2006: The Birmingham City Council approved an $875,000 two-year contract with Brantley Visioneering to serve as project manager for Phase I of the Railroad Reservation Park.
- 2006: Patricia Todd defeated Gaynell Hendricks for the Alabama House District 54 seat.
- 2005: Eric Robert Rudolph was sentenced in Birmingham to two consecutive life terms without parole for the murder of a police officer in the 1998 bombing of an abortion clinic on Southside.
- 2005: The Princeton BMC Healing Garden opened.
- 1963: Parisian opened a second store at Five Points West Shopping City.
- 1960: Construction began on Logan Martin Dam.
- 1903: Governor William Jelks appointed Charles Ferguson to the City Court of Jefferson County.
- 1878: The Pratt Coal and Coke Company was incorporated.
- 1867: The Brierfield Ironworks' furnace blew out.
- 2013: Khan, a jaguar, was born at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.
- 1986: Parker High School and UAB basketball player Walter Sharpe was born in Huntsville.
- 1977: Football player Adalius Thomas was born in Equality.
- 1964: Attorney and former law enforcement officer Todd Henderson was born in Valley, Chambers County.
- 1956: Nurse and activist Emily Lyons was born.
- 1948: Birmingham City Schools administrator Tyrone Williams was born.
- 1859: Foundry owner George Anderson was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.