August 17 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2011: Barton-Clay Fine Jewelers co-owner Sperry Snow died.
- 2008: Ridgecrest Baptist Church dedicated its new sanctuary in Trussville.
- 2006: Engineer Linda Figg presented schematic designs of an elevated tollway over U.S. Highway 280 to the Progress 280 Task Force.
- 2002: Peoria Pirates 79 - Birmingham Steeldogs 33 at the BJCC arena.
- 1973: Singer Paul Williams was found dead in Detroit, Michigan, an apparent suicide.
- 1942: Entrepreneur Harold Ruttenberg was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- 1939: Industrial High School principal A. H. Parker died in Birmingham.
- 1933: Third baseman Jim Davenport was born in Siluria.
- 1913: Baseball player Rudy York was born in Ragland.
- 1887: Educator A. H. Parker arrived in Birmingham.
- 1883: Woodward Furnace No. 1 was blown in.
- 1859: Attorney Mitchell A. Porter was born in Elyton.
- 1851: Attorney and Chancellor John Altman was born in Sumter County.
- 1817: Avondale founder and Mayor of Birmingham William H. Morris was born in Troup County, Georgia.
- 1805: Hosea Holcombe was ordained as a Baptist minister in Padgett's Creek, South Carolina.