October 5 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2011: Civil Rights icon Fred Shuttlesworth died in Birmingham.
- 2009: Police dispatcher and zoo train conductor Claude Gray died.
- 2008: Tony Stewart won the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
- 2006: Actor Hal Lynch died.
- 2004: Wes McDonald released his album The Guest on Skybucket Records.
- 2003: Miles College defeats Stillman College in the Steel City Classic 35-21.
- 2002: Miles College defeats Stillman College in the Steel City Classic 35-20.
- 1992: Jim Atkinson succeeded Robert Waldrop as mayor of Homewood.
- 1992: Singer Eddie Kendricks died.
- 1954: AIDS Alabama CEO Kathie Hiers was born in Mobile.
- 1929: Autherine Lucy was born in Shiloh, Marengo County.
- 1927: Hawkins Spring in Midfield suddenly went dry, forcing Bessemer to find another source of municipal water.
- 1914: 17 miners died in the 1914 Mulga Mine explosion.
- 1904: American League All-Star Sammy West was born in Longview, Texas.
- 1884: Industrialist Benjamin Roden, Jr was born in Birmingham.
- 1868: The combination of the Wills Valley and Northeast & Southwest Railroads were approved by the legislature, forming the Alabama & Chattanooga Railroad.