January 21 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2010: Baseball player, manager and executive Bobby Bragan died in Fort Worth, Texas.
- 2009: E. B. McClain and Samuel Pettagrue were found guilty of bribery, money laundering and mail fraud in Federal court.
- 2007: ChristWay Church's newest building was dedicated in Gardendale.
- 2007: Hugh Cort officially began his campaign for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.
- 1985: Tuscaloosa recorded its coldest temperature of -1.0°F.
- 1969: Professional baseball player Rusty Greer was born at Fort Rucker.
- 1966: Vestavia, UAB and professional baseball player Chris Hammond was born in Atlanta.
- 1952: The First Bank of Alabaster opened.
- 1922: The Birmingham Flying Club was recognized as the 135th Observation Squadron of the Alabama National Guard.
- 1905: Alderman and Chancellor John Altman died.
- 1832: The city of Centreville was incorporated.