August 5 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2016: CAP executive director Teresa Thorne retired.
- 2014: Bo Johnson took over the Clay City Council seat vacated by Mark Halstead.
- 2006: Matilda, the Bessemer hen who held the Guinness Book of World Records title holder for "World's Oldest Chicken" was memorialized at a special "broken perch" ceremony during the annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Magicians, held at the Hilton Perimeter Park Hotel.
- 1996: The Birmingham Post-Herald published its first afternoon edition.
- 1995: Lucy's Coffee & Tea opened in its present location.
- 1977: WKXX-FM "Kicks 106" debuted with a Top 40/Album Rock format.
- 1963: Martin Luther King Jr, Ray Charles, James Baldwin, Joey Adams and Joe Louis shared a stage at Miles College for Salute to Freedom '63.
- 1907: Speakers lobbied Governor B. B. Comer at a public meeting of the Commercial Club of Birmingham at the Hippodrome Theatre to sign the Smyer and King "Greater Birmingham" bills.
- 1890: Inventor and emancipated slave Andrew Beard was granted Patent No. 433,847 for his rotary engine invention.
- 1822: John McWhorter succeeded Levi Reid as Jefferson County Sheriff.
- 1989: Composer Hamilton Cleverdon was born.
- 1939: Filmmaker Bob Clark was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- 1921: World War II aviator and librarian Mary Helen Foster was born in Cuero, Texas.
- 1906: Architect Lawrence Whitten was born in Anderson, South Carolina.