May 31 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2008: 2nd annual Magic City Brewfest started at Sloss Furnace.
- 2006: Dedrick Griham abducted and raped attorney Sandra Gregory and was arrested later in the day.
- 2003: Terrorist Eric Robert Rudolph was arrested in Murphy, North Carolina.
- 2000: Alpine Ice Arena closed.
- 1988: The Kirklin Clinic was announced by the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation.
- 1981: "Don't Look Back" told the story of Satchel Paige on ABC.
- 1976: The American Freedom Train departed Birmingham.
- 1969: Educator Jack Farr married Janice Smith.
- 1965: West End Hills Missionary Baptist Church dedicated their new building in Powderly.
- 1962: Liberty National Life Insurance began offering tours to its "Miss Liberty" statue, hosted by "Liberty Belles".
- 1957: The town of Trussville became the "City of Trussville".
- 1931: The Birmingham Airport was dedicated.
- 1925: 7 miners were killed in the 1925 No. 2 Mine explosion.
- 1922: Birmingham Railway Light & Power Company streetcar No. 34 was destroyed in a collision with a Seaboard Air Line Railroad train at 5th Avenue South and 52nd Street in Woodlawn.
- 1904: Andrew Beard was granted U. S. Patent No. 761,056 for an improved automatic car-coupling.
- 1901: Inventor Miller Reese Hutchison married Martha Jackson Pomeroy in New York.
- 1861: Educator and poet Samuel Ullman enlisted in the Mississippi militia.
- 1988: Comedian Clinton Catlin was born in Demopolis, Marengo County.
- 1943: Football great Joe Namath was born in Pennsylvania.
- 1923: Gynecologic pathologist Hazel Gore was born in Australia.
- 1915: Cultural activist Isabel Comer was born Isabel Bibb Anderson in Montgomery.
- 1879: Birmingham Barons pitcher Bill Foxen was born in Tenafly, New Jersey.
- 2016: Former Birmingham City Council member Leroy Bandy died.
- 2012: Former Bessemer City Council member Thomas Tolbert died.
- 2011: Journalist and author Wayne Greenhaw died from complications from heart surgery.
- 1996: LSD advocate Timothy Leary died in Beverly Hills, California.
- 1974: Educator and naturalist Blanche Dean died in Clay County.
- 1958: Southern Toy Co. president Billy Edmundson died of a heart attack while playing golf.
- 1925: 7 miners were killed in the 1925 Piper No. 2 Mine explosion.
- 1901: Physician John Payne died after being shot in the head.
- 2009: Alabama Warriors defeated the Henry County Horsemen 20-17 at Warrior Stadium.
- 2003: Birmingham Steeldogs 63 - Macon Knights 37 at the BJCC Arena.
- 1997: Alabama Saints at Lexington Bluegrass Bandits.
- 1978: The Birmingham Bandits were announced as one of six teams to play the inaugural season of the Super Soccer League.