January 16 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2014: The Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts opened to the public.
- 2008: The Birmingham City Council approved the sole bid for remote-controlled surveillance cameras to be used in Operation Vulcan's Thunder.
- 2007: The American Gospel Quartet Convention was held at the East Birmingham Church of God in Christ.
- 2006: Federal judge U. W. Clemon delivered an address at the Martin Luther King, Jr Unity Breakfast.
- 2004: The American Gospel Quartet Convention was held at the East Birmingham Church of God in Christ.
- 1963: An Appeal for Law and Order and Common Sense was published in newspapers across the state.
- 1962: New Bethel Baptist Church, St Luke's AME Zion Church, and Triumph Church and Kingdom of God in Christ were each damaged by bombs.
- 1954: Marion Yester married the former Dorothy "Dot" Louise Franklin.
- 1934: The 200 acres which is now known as Lane Park were dedicated as a public park.
- 1926: The bodies of A. B. Moore and Ruby Thornton were found near Roebuck.
- 1883: The post office for what would become Irondale was established.
- 1997: Birmingham Zoo black rhinoceros Ricko was born.
- 1928: Composer Ezra Sims was born in Birmingham.
- 1927: Nutritionist and UAB School of Public Health dean Juan Navia was born in Havana, Cuba.
- 1876: Birmingham News publisher Victor Hanson was born in Pike County, Georgia.
- 1861: Mayor of Birmingham Nathaniel Barrett was born in Lawrence County.
- 2015: Otis Dismuke, Birmingham City Schools community education director, died.
- 2012: Publisher Kim Price died at home in Alexander City.
- 1997: Former NAACP leader W. C. Patton died at UAB Hospital.
- 1967: Physicist Robert Van de Graaff died in Boston, Massachusetts.
- 1936: James Meissner, commander of the 106th Observation Squadron, died from pneumonia at age 39.
- 1929: Former Birmingham City Commissioner Mary Echols died.
- 1928: Miner Henry Higginbotham was fatally injured in a rock fall.