May 2 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2021: The petting zoo at Noccalula Falls Park was destroyed by fire.
- 2015: The Mansion nightclub in North Birmingham was destroyed by fire.
- 2010: Aretha Franklin performed at the BJCC Concert Hall.
- 2008: The 23rd Annual Crawfish Boil began at the future site of the Uptown entertainment district.
- 2005: Tom Broughton founded ServisFirst Bank in Birmingham.
- 1997: UAB's expanded and renovated Lister Hill Library was rededicated.
- 1992: First Alabama Bank became Regions Bank
- 1991: "Expo '91", the featured event for the Birmingham Festival of Arts' Salute to the United Kingdom opened at the BJCC.
- 1979: A letter bomb at Bessemer City Hall killed Bessemer Police Lieutenant Clifford Hill.
- 1963: A series of organized Civil Rights movement marches known as the Children's Crusade began.
- 1961: The 1961 Birmingham municipal election was held.
- 1961: Residents of Edgemont Hills voted 6-0 to be annexed into Homewood.
- 1928: St Tammany & Gulf Coast Airways brought the first commercial passenger air service to Birmingham by stopping at Roberts Field on their New Orleans to Atlanta mail route.
- 1925: Piggly Wiggly entered the Birmingham market with four locations (Downtown, Norwood, Ensley, and Fairfield).
- 1902: Ground was broken for the new Hillman Hospital building.
- 1960: Cartoonist Scott Stantis was born in San Diego, California.
- 1925: Air Force veteran and Chelsea founder John Ritchie was born in New York.
- 1944: Talent agent, manager and record label executive Miles Copeland III was born in London, England.
- 1944: Cartoonist and gay rights activist Howard Cruse was born in Springville.
- 1772: Pioneer farmer and miller Warren Truss was born in Pitt County, North Carolina.
- 2018: Retired railroad executive and historian Lyle Key died.
- 2016: Retired commercial printer Bill Cather died.
- 2014: Author and motivational speaker K. D. Hardy was found shot to death in East Brownsville.
- 2000: Former congressman Laurie Battle died at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
- 1987: Bandleader Ivory Williams died.
- 1979: Bessemer Police Lieutenant Clifford Hill was killed by a letter bomb at Bessemer City Hall.
- 1976: Major League Baseball's first black pitcher, Dan Bankhead, died.
- 1960: Presbyterian minister Frank Cross Sr died during a cross-country train trip.
- 1881: Attorney J. J. Jolly died at Gainesville, Sumter County.