May 8 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2007: Clay residents voted down a proposed "tax for schools".
- 1993: Agnes gallery opened.
- 1974: The Sea Lion Pool at the Birmingham Zoo was dedicated.
- 1968: A caravan from Birmingham to Washington D.C. for the SCLC's "Poor People's Campaign" was scheduled.
- 1963: Fred Shuttlesworth bruised a rib after being driven into the wall of the 16th Street Baptist Church by a blast from a fire hose during the Children's Crusade.
- 1914: The Birmingham Railway, Light & Power Building was destroyed by a large fire.
- 1912: ACIPCO employees were given access to a new bathhouse with hot and cold running water.
- 1908: Vanderbilt Furnace No. 2 was blown in.
- 1891: Andrew Beard applied for a patent for a rotary engine (Patent No. 462,614).
- 1882: Birmingham's first telephone exchange opened in the 2nd floor of Terry Building with 39 subscribers.
- 1985: Birmingham Zoo gorilla Jamie was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- 1955: Candy seller Donnie Goodin was born.
- 1940: Singer Doc Soul Stirrer was born in Baltimore, Maryland.
- 1938: Pediatrician Santosh Khare was born in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.
- 1916: Hardware store owner Tony Brandino was born in Birmingham.
- 1912: Architect William Chambers was born in Birmingham.
- 1899: Photographer Ed Willis Barnett was born in Atlanta, Georgia.
- 1865: Plumber and speculator W. G. Lunsford was born in Memphis, Tennessee.
- 1813: State legislator and Elyton Land Company shareholder Bolling Hall was born in Baldwin County, Georgia.
- 2012: Dance teacher and choreographer Lola Mae Jones Coates died.
- 1997: Former Mayor of Birmingham Art Hanes died.
- 1962: Circus clown "Sunny Jim" Snell died in Tuscaloosa.