2020 is the 149th year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.
- January 5: Two people died in a plane crash at Cullman Regional Airport.
- January 21: The new I-20/59 downtown viaduct opened after a year of construction.
- April 1-3: Frontier Conference 2020 was held at the Lyric Theatre.
- January 1: TTL Inc. of Tuscaloosa acquired DBS & Associates Engineering of Tennessee.
- January 1: Graham & Co. acquired the Brookmont Realty Group.
- January 14: ProctorU announced a merger with Yardstick Assessment Strategies of Ottawa, Ontario to form Meazure Learning.
- January 7: Art's Barber Shop reopened at 3301 Crestwood Boulevard
- January 7: Yum Yai reopened at 5426 U.S. Highway 280
- January: Dave Horn and Taylor Hughes opened SoHo Standard at SoHo Square
- Spring: Gardendale Pickers opened in the former K-Mart at 901 Decatur Highway.
- ISCO Industries of Louisville, Kentucky acquired M. T. Deason.
- Zula's Mart on Highland Avenue closed.
- January 8: Magic City Krabs at 2201 4th Place West closed.
- January 15: Charlemagne Records on 11th Avenue South closed.
- January 18: Hot Diggity Dogs of 5th Avenue South closed.
- January 1: The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Michigan Wolverines 35-16 in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
- January 1: The Auburn Tigers lost to the Minnesota Golden Gophers 24-31 in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.
- January 2: The Cincinnati Bearcats defeated the Boston College Eagles 38-6 in the 2020 Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field.
- January 6: Alabama Crimson Tide juniors Henry Ruggs III, Jerry Jeudy and Tua Tagovailoa announced for the 2020 NFL Draft.
- February 22: Deontay Wilder fought Tyson Fury to defend his WBC heavyweight title.
- 2020 Birmingham Legion FC season
- June: The 2020 National Indoor Pickleball Championship was held at the Finley Center in Hoover.
- Chef Brandon Cain left Roots & Revelry.
- January 27: Ginny Tucker succeeded interim Brooke Bowles as CEO of Impact America.
- January 10: John Bresnan, Chief of the Homewood Fire Department
- See also:
- 1001 20th Street South at Five Points South
- 20 Midtown Phase 3
- AIDS Alabama Way Station in Smithfield
- A. G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club at CrossPlex Village
- Redevelopment of American Life Building as "workforce" apartments
- Bessemer Amazon Fulfillment Center
- Firehouse Shelter
- I-20/59 downtown viaduct
- Macaroni Lofts
- New Ideal Lofts
- UAB Technology Innovation Center
- Valley Hotel on 28th Avenue South Homewood
- Wylam Library renovations
In 2020 the United Methodist Church split over acceptance of gay marriage. President Trump approved a drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis at Baghdad International Airport. Massive bushfires spread across Australia. The 2020 Olympic Summer Games were held in Tokyo, Japan.
Notable deaths in 2020 included rock drummer Neil Peart, former NBA commissioner David Stern, and memoirist Elizabeth Wurtzel.
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