May 17 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2013: Trinity Medical Center prevailed in its legal battle to relocate to the former HealthSouth "Digital Hospital".
- 2013: Deputy Chief Moody Duff retired from the Birmingham Police Department.
- 2008: 29th annual Do Dah Day festival was held.
- 2002: Regions Bank acquired the Independence Bank of Houston.
- 2002: The 14th Annual City Stages began in and around Linn Park.
- 2000: Colonial Promenade at Trussville, first phase, opened for business.
- 1998: The Trussville Public Library completed a major expansion.
- 1997: The "Super Fest Jams" concert was held at the BJCC Arena with Mary J. Blige, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Aaliyah, Dru Hill, Kid Capri and Ginuwine.
- 1991: The UAB University Center was renamed for S. Richardson Hill.
- 1975: The Sipsey Wilderness was dedicated through the efforts of the Alabama Conservancy.
- 1961: A group of Freedom Riders was taken into "protective custody" in Birmingham.
- 1939: The 10-day Vulcan Dedication Celebration at Vulcan Park culminated.
- 1934: Cullman's Ave Maria Grotto was dedicated.
- 1922: Jefferson County Department of Health officer Judson Dowling was abducted and beaten after he publicized health hazards at dairy farms.
- 1916: The 1916 Reunion of the United Confederate Veterans continued in its second day.
- 1974: Randy Davis (supervisor), production supervisor and former law enforcement officer, was born.
- 1948: Baseball player Carlos May was born.
- 1935: Salon owner Jody Ford was born in Nashville, Tennessee.
- 1917: Arts promoter Hermie Friend was born in Mobile.
- 1866: Politician and educator John Abercrombie was born in St Clair County.
- 1788: Pioneer farmer Elisha McMath was born in Wilkes, Georgia.
- 2009: Mayor of Oneonta Danny Hicks succumbed to pancreatic cancer.
- 1982: Major League right fielder Fred "Dixie" Walker died in Birmingham.
- 2015: Jeff Maggert won the Regions Tradition with par on the first playoff hole.
- 2003: Jean-François Dumoulin won the inaugural Barber Park 200 Grand Sport series race.
- 1992: Birmingham Fire 24 - Orlando Thunder 23 at Legion Field.
- 1961: Former Birmingham Barons star Walt Dropo played his final Major League game.