May 8 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2012: Dance teacher and choreographer Lola Mae Jones Coates died.
- 2007: Clay residents vote down a proposed "tax for schools".
- 2004: Birmingham Steeldogs 55 - Macon Knights 27 at the BJCC Arena.
- 1998: South Florida Future 2 - Alabama Saints 1 at South Florida.
- 1997: Former Mayor of Birmingham Art Hanes died.
- 1993: Agnes gallery opens its doors to the public.
- 1985: Birmingham Zoo gorilla Jamie was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- 1974: The Sea Lion Pool at the Birmingham Zoo was dedicated.
- 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.
- 1940: Singer Doc Soul Stirrer was born in Baltimore, Maryland.
- 1916: Hardware store owner Tony Brandino was born in Birmingham.
- 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 3rd floor of Hughes Drug Store with 39 subscribers.