September 5 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2009: The fourth annual Alabama Butterbean Festival was held in Pinson.
- 2008: Artwalk 2008 began.
- 2006: WABM became an affiliate of Fox's second network, MyNetwork TV.
- 2006: B. B. Comer, Pete McGriff, John T. Milner and Emmet O'Neal II were inducted into the Birmingham Business Hall of Fame.
- 2001: Howell Raines became Executive Editor of The New York Times.
- 1975: Mr P's Deli opened in Bluff Park.
- 1961: Lewis Smith Dam entered service.
- 1926: Ruhama Baptist Church dedicated a new sanctuary.
- 1912: The Birmingham, Ensley & Bessemer Railroad began passenger service to western Jefferson County.
- 1889: George Bodeker joined the Birmingham Police Department as a patrolman.
- 1871: The as-yet-unincorporated City of Birmingham was granted a Post Office.
- 1854: Pioneer farmer John Gillespy Sr married Martha McAdory.
- 1842: Merchant Charles Linn married Emelie Antoinette Forss in Koskis, Finland.
- 1818: Canaan Baptist Church was organized at the Isaac Brown residence in Jonesboro.
- 1986: Restaurant manager Breanne Kostyk was born in Tolland, Connecticut.
- 1963: Baseball player Jeff Brantley was born.
- 1956: Elmwood Cemetery salesman Kevin Peasant was born.
- 1952: Word of Life Christian Center founder Scott Webb was born.
- 1919: Birmingham News editor Joseph Campbell was born in Ensley.
- 1901: Theater organist Stanleigh Malotte was born.
- 1894: Tutwiler Hotel manager Coleman Hudson was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
- 1836: Elyton Land Company president Henry Caldwell was born in Butler County.
- 2013: Banker and Shades Mountain Independent Church pastor Richard Vigneulle died.
- 2009: Army aviator, police officer and computer programmer Rosamond McDuff died.
- 2004: NFL player, coach and scout John "Red" Cochran died in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
- 1999: Green Acres Cafe proprietor Charles Gratton died.
- 1979: Insurance executive and Hoover namesake William Hoover died.
- 2009: UAB defeated Rice 44-24 at Legion Field.
- 2009: BSC lost to LaGrange College 30-27 in LaGrange, Georgia.
- 2009: Samford lost to UCF 28-24 in Orlando, Florida.
- 2006: Jeremy Brown made his MLB debut with the Oakland A's.
- 1997: The Battle for the Bones saw Memphis defeat UAB 28-7 at Memphis.
- 1964: Birmingham Baron Tommie Reynolds hit 3 home runs to tie his own record, and batted in 9 runners to set another record.
- 1938: The NFL's Chicago Bears defeated the Southern All-Stars 32-18 in an exhibition game at Legion Field.