May 15 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2010: Do Day Day was held along Highland Avenue.
- 2006: HealthSouth filed its 1st quarter financials, regaining currency with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- 2006: The Hoover City Council approved plans by the Birmingham Islamic Society to construct a mosque.
- 2000: Ted and Litsa Sarris sold Ted's Restaurant to Tasos and Beba Touloupis.
- 1983: Def Leppard and Krokus performed at Boutwell Auditorium.
- 1982: The Birmingham Barons drew a record 11,067 fans to Rickwood Field for "Colonial Bank Night".
- 1972: Governor George Wallace was shot and paralyzed while campaigning for President.
- 1961: Attorney General Robert Kennedy pleaded unsuccessfully with state officials and Birmingham Greyhound Station manager George Cruit to secure safe passage for Freedom Riders out of Birmingham.
- 1950: The first issue of the Birmingham Post-Herald, formed by the merger of The Birmingham Post and The Biringham Age-Herald, was published.
- 1909: Terra-cotta cladding for the Empire Building was completed.
- 1888: Thomas Furnace No. 1 was blown in.
 Births and deaths
- 2012: Surgeon Richard Lytle died.
- 1946: Photographer and educator John Friedel was born in Birmingham.
- 1909: Banker John Henley died.
- 1896: Educator Solomon Palmer died at his East Lake Atheneum.
- 1852: 10th Mayor of Birmingham James Van Hoose was born in Tuscaloosa.
- 1827: Pioneer farmer John Gillespy, Sr was born in Blount, Tennessee.