August 17 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2013: The "Before I die" art installation was erected on the 14th Street South side of the Wood Wade building.
- 2012: Trussville landmark Velma's Place lost their lease.
- 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.
- 1991: St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church dedicated the first building at its current facility.
- 1973: Rosalette Petty of Hawai'i was crowned Miss Black Teenage World at the inaugural pageant in Birmingham.
- 1949: The Birmingham Business League, Birmingham Emancipation Association and the NAACP co-sponsored a mass meeting to protest the growing list of racially motivated bombings in the city.
- 1945: The Birmingham Age-Herald resumed publication after a five-week printer's strike.
- 1887: Educator A. H. Parker arrived in Birmingham.
- 1883: Woodward Furnace No. 1 was blown in.
- 1805: Hosea Holcombe was ordained as a Baptist minister in Padgett's Creek, South Carolina.
- 1990: Major League Soccer player Chandler Hoffman was born.
- 1949: Special forces Vietnam Veteran Joe Farmer was born.
- 1942: Entrepreneur Harold Ruttenberg was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- 1933: Third baseman Jim Davenport was born in Siluria.
- 1927: Planner Robert Juster was born in London, England.
- 1913: Baseball player Rudy York was born in Ragland.
- 1859: Attorney Mitchell A. Porter was born in Elyton.
- 1851: Attorney and Chancellor John Altman was born in Sumter County.
- 1847: Avondale founder and Mayor of Birmingham William H. Morris was born in Troup County, Georgia.
- 2016: Historian and four-time Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett died.
- 2016: Homeless man James Griffin was found murdered under the Elton B. Stephens Expressway.
- 2011: Barton-Clay Fine Jewelers co-owner Sperry Snow died.
- 2009: Auto racing promoter J. P. Rotton Jr died.
- 2008: The quintuple Cahaba Lakes murders took place, although the bodies weren't discovered for three days.
- 1973: Singer Paul Williams was found dead in Detroit, Michigan, an apparent suicide.
- 1939: Industrial High School principal A. H. Parker died in Birmingham.
- 1895: Entrepreneur Robert Mustin died in Birmingham.