May 9 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2013: Free the Hops' homebrewing bill was signed into law by Robert Bentley.
- 2009: Turkey Creek re-opened to the public as a nature preserve.
- 2004: "African Shields: Art, Power, and Identity," curated by Emily Hanna, opened at the Birmingham Museum of Art
- 2003: Widespread Panic played the first of two nights at the future Railroad Reservation Park site.
- 1981: War Eagle V was presented to Auburn University by Birmingham's Downtown Action Committee.
- 1968: State offices and public schools observed a holiday for the funeral of Governor Lurleen Wallace.
- 1925: The public grand opening of the Redmont Hotel took place.
- 1919: The first train of returning veterans of World War I's Rainbow Division arrived in Birmingham.
- 1899: "Rex Vulcan IV" concluded the Birmingham Carnival Society's celebration of 1899 Mardi Gras, postponed from February due to a blizzard.
- 2006: Jalil, a male reticulated giraffe, was born at the at the San Francisco Zoo.
- 1983: Left-handed pitcher Tyler Lumsden was born in Roanoke, Virginia.
- 1953: Major League infielder and hitting coach Ron "Papa Jack" Jackson was born in Birmingham.
- 1951: Childcare executive and Birmingham Airport Authority chair Gaynell Hendricks was born in Memphis, Tennesseee.
- 1849: Mayor of Birmingham B. A. Thompson was born.
- 2015: Organist and composer McNeil Robinson died in New York, New York.
- 2000: Former Birmingham Bulls defenseman Chris Evans died.
- 1974: Real estate developer and civic leader Robert Jemison Jr died in Birmingham.
- 1940: O. D. Henderson was beaten and shot to death by three police officers and a civilian in Fairfield.
- 1890: Sandy Jones, convicted of murdering Bessemer Police officer John Manning, was hanged at the Jefferson County Courthouse.