May 4 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2014: We Love Homewood Day
- 2013: Bessemer police shut down Gip's Place for operating illegally.
- 2012: The @DailyMtnEagle parody Twitter account was launched.
- 2006: A dropped steel coil punched two holes in I-20/59 near Malfunction Junction.
- 2004: The newly-incorporated City of Pinson held a special election to install an interim mayor and council who would serve until the regular election was held in August.
- 1997: Camp Jack Wright was dedicated.
- 1991: The Plaid Camels played their final show at the Chameleon Club in Atlanta.
- 1974: The Doobie Brothers played at Municipal Auditorium.
- 1961: The first Freedom Riders left Washington D.C. for New Orleans, Louisiana.
- 1945: The cruiser USS Birmingham was heavily damaged by a kamikaze pilot in the Battle of Okinawa.
- 1937: Jimmie Jones won a 4th term as mayor and Jimmy Morgan claimed his seat on the Birmingham City Commission in the 1937 Birmingham municipal election.
- 1928: "The Jazz Singer" had its Birmingham premiere at the Strand Theatre.
- 1906: A shootout at the Peerless Saloon killed two men.
- 1905: George Ward was inaugurated as the 13th Mayor of Birmingham.
- 1966: University of Alabama alumnus Bill Godshalk, who died in the 9/11 terror attacks, was born in Pennsylvania.
- 1954: Former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones was born in Birmingham.
- 1947: Architect Dick Pigford was born.
- 1928: Residential contractor Francis Bryant was born in Chilton County.
- 1920: Baseball player Jack Baker was born in Birmingham.
- 1883: University of Alabama President John Gallalee was born.
- 2012: Edward, a 3-year-old giraffe at the Birmingham Zoo, was euthanized after breaking his leg in a fall.
- 1972: Reverend Arthur W. Dycer died.
- 1890: Industrialist James Sloss died in Birmingham.
- 2014: Denny Hamlin won the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.
- 1991: Barcelona Dragons 11 - Birmingham Fire 6 at Montjuïc Stadium in Barcelona.
- 1984: Philadelphia Stars 43 - Birmingham Stallions 11 at Legion Field.
- 1983: The Birmingham South Stars lost the Adams Cup championship series to the Indianapolis Checkers.