May 18 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2005: Birmingham Children's Hospital cook Nancy Lewis disappeared on her way to work.
- 1977: Led Zeppelin played the BJCC Coliseum.
- 1972: The Birmingham Festival Theatre debuted with a performance of "The Threepenny Opera" at the East Lake Library.
- 1970: 45 students were arrested during anti-war protests at the University of Alabama.
- 1961: The CBS Network aired the controversial documentary Who Speaks for Birmingham?.
- 1961: A group of Freedom Riders from Nashville was escorted to the Tennessee state line by Bull Connor.
- 1955: The Birmingham City Commission banned the sale of dyed chicks and ducklings as Easter novelties.
- 1943: The Queen City Pool and Pool House opened in Tuscaloosa.
- 1916: The 1916 Reunion of the United Confederate Veterans concluded.
- 1916: The Alabama Federation of Music Clubs was incorporated with Weenona Hanson as president.
- 1904: The full-size plaster model for Vulcan was erected on the corner of 1st Avenue and 15th Street with visitors paying 10 cents toward the expense of the casting then still being assembled at the St Louis World's Fair.
- 1950: Homebuilder Steve Duncan was born in Atlanta, Georgia.
- 1947: Actress Gail Strickland was born in Birmingham.
- 1946: 1967 Birmingham A's standout Reggie Jackson was born near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- 1932: WJLD-AM disc jockey Walter Anglin was born.
- 1932: Pop singer Sammy Salvo was born in Birmingham.
- 1855: Judge Charles Ferguson was born in Dallas County.
- 2016: Fat Sam's Sub Station owner Sam Shatara died.
- 2010: Elementary school principal Donnetta Brown died.
- 1971: Grand Ole Opry announcer Louis Buck died.
- 1945: Ku Klux Klan leader William Simmons died in Atlanta, Georgia.
- 1913: Former Mayor of Birmingham David Fox died.
- 2014: Kenny Perry edged out Mark Calcavecchia in the 2014 Regions Tradition.
- 2008: Andy Bean won the Regions Charity Classic at Ross Bridge Resort.
- 2002: Tennessee Valley Vipers 45 - Birmingham Steeldogs 20 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.
- 1997: Alabama Saints vs. West Florida at UAB's West Campus Field.
- 1984: Birmingham Stallions 41 - Chicago Blitz 7 at Soldier Field.
- 1953: The Birmingham Barons' Harold Grote hit a team-record 2 home runs in an inning against Little Rock.