September 17 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2015: Ashley Jones was presented with a Rona Jaffe Writer's Foundation Award in New York.
- 2012: 2012 Ardell plane crash in Cullman County.
- 2008: Lakendall Sims was re-captured after escaping from the Jefferson County Courthouse Bessemer Division a day earlier.
- 2007: The Fairfield City Council voted to revert "Richard Scrushy Parkway" back to Lloyd Noland Parkway.
- 2006: Harpersville Garden of Memories was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
- 2006: Po Monkey played as part of the Phelan Park Music Series.
- 2005: Haleigh Stidham was crowned the 2006 "Miss Alabama USA" at Samford University.
- 1994: Heather Whitestone was crowned Miss America.
- 1994: The UAB Marching Blazers debuted at Legion Field.
- 1977: Tom Jones performed at the BJCC Coliseum.
- 1975: The Lamplighter restaurant opened at the Ramada Inn South on Montgomery Highway in Hoover.
- 1975: Members of Elyton Baptist Church voted to disband.
- 1971: Hugo Black resigned from the Supreme Court of the United States.
- 1964: The United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama found parts of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 unconstitutional.
- 1956: Pizitz held a grand re-opening for the former Pizitz of Bessemer location at 1915-1921 2nd Avenue North in Bessemer.
- 1953: Actress Gloria Swanson made special appearances at the downtown Loveman's store.
- 1953: The Crestwood Civic Club was organized.
- 1952: Western High School opened.
- 1940: President Franklin Roosevelt attended the funeral of William Bankhead at Jasper First United Methodist Church.
- 1990: 2013 Birmingham Barons infielder Marcus Semien was born in San Francisco, California.
- 1959: Cartoonist Frank Cummings was born in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela.
- 1938: Painter Larry Connatser was born in Birmingham.
- 1913: Children's author Sara Glendinning was born in Birmingham.
- 1903: Singer and "Aunt Jemima" portrayer Ethel Harper was born in Greensboro.
- 1885: Hueytown High School principal Harley Gilmore was born in Jefferson County.
- 1802: Attorney and State Assemblyman Robert Jemison Jr was born in Lincoln County, Georgia.
- 2010: Organist and Samford University professor Ted Tibbs died.
- 2001: Baseball player Bubba Church died.