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A message reading "Heroes Work Here" was projected onto the Quarterback Tower at UAB Medical Center during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.

2020 was the 149th year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.

With 73.05 inches of rain, it was the city's 5th wettest year on record.


Vandalism of the Confederate Monument on May 31, 2020















Sammy Salvo (1932–2020)
Tarvaris Jackson (1983–2020)
Cleve Eaton (1939–2020)
Rebecca Luker (1961–2020)

The Jefferson County Coroner's Office reported 302 deaths from drug overdoses during the year, a 28% increase over 2019. In almost every death, a combination of fentanyl and another drug were present.


The completed I-20/59 downtown viaduct on January 16, 2020. Photograph by Joe Songer.





In 2020 a worldwide pandemic associated with the "COVID–19" virus caused massive disruption to public health, markets and society. The 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan were postponed by a year. Joe Biden was elected President of the United States. Great Britain's "Brexit" from the European Union was formalized.

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 and wildfires ravaged the western United States and Canada.

Notable deaths in 2020 included activist C. T. Vivian; actors Chadwick Boseman, Wilford Brimley, Sean Connery, Robert Conrad, Olivia de Havilland, Kirk Douglas, Ian Holm, Kelly Preston, Ann Reinking, Diana Rigg, Jerry Stiller, Max von Sydow, Dawn Wells and Fred Willard; aviator Charles Yeager; baseball Hall of Famers Lou Brock, Whitey Ford, and Joe Morgan; basketball stars Kobe Bryant and Curly Neal; business executives Herman Cain, Sumner Redstone, and Jack Welch; cartoonists Gene Deitch and Mort Drucker; coach John Thompson; coal baron Robert Murray; composers Johnny Mandel and Ennio Morricone; critic Michael Sorkin; directors Alan Parker, Carl Reiner, Joel Schumacher and Lynn Shelton; former president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak; journalist Jim Lehrer; writers Clive Cussler, Roger Kahn, John le Carré, Terrence McNally, Charles Portis, Elizabeth Wurtzel, and Carlos Ruiz Zafón; Emir of Kuwait Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah; magician James Randi; Monty Python founder Terry Jones; musicians Charlie Daniels, Little Richard, Vera Lynn, Ellis Marsalis, Todd Nance, Neil Peart, John Prine, Kenny Rogers, Adam Schlesinger, Joseph Shabalala, Eddie Van Halen, and Bill Withers; former NBA commissioner David Stern; physicists Freeman Dyson and Katherine Johnson; playwright/activist Larry Kramer; publisher Earl Graves Sr; soccer player Diego Maradona; Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; television hosts Grant Imahara, Regis Philbin, and Alex Trebek; U.S. Representative John Lewis; and White House advisor Brent Scowcroft.

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