September 20 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2011: William Bell was sworn in for another 2-year term as Mayor of Birmingham.
- 2009: Drummer Lester Cobb died in Redding, Connecticut.
- 2008: The inaugural Leeds Downtown Folk Festival was held in Leeds.
- 2008: UAB defeated Alabama State at Legion Field; BSC lost to conference rival Rhodes College in Memphis.
- 2008: Miles College lost 27-7 to Morehouse College at Albert J. Sloan-Alumni Stadium in Fairfield.
- 2007: Independent Presbyterian Church choirmaster Joseph Schreiber died of Parkinson's Disease.
- 2007: The first John Henry Days festival was held in Leeds.
- 1974: Clara Verner Towers in Tuscaloosa was topped-out.
- 1973: Willie Mays announced his retirement from baseball.
- 1915: Radio announcer Joe King was born in Birmingham.
- 1897: 5 miners were killed in the 1897 Belle Ellen Mine fire.
- 1890: The trustees of Trinity Methodist Church (Southside) purchased property at 30th Street and Avenue F.
- 1887: John Henry competed in a legendary contest against a steam hammer.
- 1862: Banker Robert Terrell was born in Elyton.