October 17 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2011: The Alabaster City Council voted to form a separate Alabaster City Schools system.
- 2009: Jeff Baker married Heidi Elnora Baker at Mountain Brook Community Church.
- 2003: Alabama Geocachers Association was formed.
- 1991: The UAB West Pavilion was dedicated.
- 1965: Television station WBMG 42 debuted with an evening broadcast of NBC's "The Capitol: Chronicle of Freedom."
- 1964: Britling Cafeteria No. 1 on 1st Avenue North closed.
- 1948: Dichiara's Steak House opened.
- 1940: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed in an air-conditioned tent.
- 1917: Surgeon Dyer Talley married Elizabeth Byrd.
- 1872: The National Bank of Birmingham was organized.
- 2005: Tamani, an African elephant, was born at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida.
- 1985: John Parker Wilson was born.
- 1983: Pro basketball player James Lang was born.
- 1969: Writer Warren St John was born.
- 1955: Artist Kerry James Marshall was born in Birmingham.
- 1889: World War I aviator Arthur Roberts was born in Charleston, South Carolina
- 1861: Peerless Saloon partner and liquor distributor Thomas O'Byrne was born.
- 1848: Postmaster and U.S. Representative Truman Aldrich was born.
- 2021: Nightclub performer Ashleigh Heidkamp died.
- 1955: Insurance executive Raymond Jones died.
- 1888: James M. Ware died after being pushed down a staircase
- 1991: The Chicago Bulls defeated the Washington Bullets 121–116 in a NBA exhibition game at the BJCC Coliseum.