1951 was the 80th year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.
- April 23: Marine platoon sergeant Harold Wilson displayed "fearless and untiring leadership," while wounded facing an assault in Korea. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.
- May 21: A major fire destroyed a cluster of 20 duplexes in Fairfield while Birmingham Fire Department trucks stood idly by, awaiting Bull Connor's order permitting them to assist.
- October: The American Cast Iron Pipe Company placed its Lamprecht Collection of Iron Art on loan to the Birmingham Museum of Art.
- November 25: The Southern Railway's Crescent passenger train collided head on with the Southerner near the depot in Woodstock, killing 17 people.
- Johns Funeral Home merged with Ridout's Brown-Service Mortuary to form Johns-Ridout's Funeral Parlor.
- The Royal Theatre on 2nd Avenue North closed.
- Niki's Restaurant opened on 2nd Avenue North.
- September 8: The NFL's Washington Redskins defeated the New York Giants 14-10 in an exhibition game at Legion Field.
- 1951 Iron Bowl
- See also: 1951 Legion Field schedule
- Brown Elementary School
- Burks Pan-Am Service Station
- Canterbury Shop
- Clark's Service Station
- Crippled Children's Clinic
- Essex House
- First Lutheran Church
- Five Points South YMCA
- Flintridge Building (dedicated December 22)
- Highland Towers
- One Minute Car Wash
- Sheraton Apartments
- The Club
- BTNB Five Points West branch
- Westminster Presbyterian Church
- Education Building at First Baptist Church of Sylacauga
- January 22: Alveda King, minister and social activist
- February: Dieter Brock, football player
- March 11: Mike Tracy, Drummond Company CEO
- April 26: Johnny Curry, state representative
- May 22: Larry Thomas, little leaguer
- June 17: John Garrett, Birmingham Bulls goaltender
- August 21: Ron Casey, editor
- November 3: Tom Blosser, musician
- November 26: Stephen Rolfe Powell, glass artist and educator
- December 12: Steve Durbano, Birmingham Bulls defenseman
- December 14: Walter Knapp, pianist
- Ramon Arias, restaurant franchisee
- Alfred Bahakel, judge
- Tommy Brigham, real estate executive
- Margaret Burnham, art conservator
- William Carter, author and professor
- Gary Palmer, politician
- Alan Potts, original owner of Silvertron Cafe
- David Roberson, lobbyist
- Richard Arrington from Fairfield Industrial High School
- William Rushton III from Princeton University
- February 28: Joseph Loveman, president of Loveman's department store
- June 16: Philipp Mock, Titanic survivor
- November 25: 17 people died in the 1951 Southern Railway crash
In 1951, the Korean War continued. Nuclear bomb testing began at the Nevada Proving Grounds. The Twenty-second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, was ratified. Comic strip Dennis the Menace first appeared in newspapers. Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I opened on Broadway. The first thermonuclear weapon was tested on Enewetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands by the U.S. CBS's Eye logo premiered on TV. Direct dial coast-to-coast telephone service began in the U.S. in a limited fashion. Libya became independent from Italy.
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