1911 was the 40th year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.
- March 10–12: The 7th Annual Conference on Child Labor was held in Birmingham.
- April: Construction of "model industrial city" Corey, begun in March 1910, was substantially completed.
- April 8: The 1911 Banner Mine explosion killed 128 convict miners.
- June 17: Holy Innocents Hospital was founded.
- The Alabama Girls’ Industrial School became the Alabama Girls’ Technical Institute.
- The Allen Building was damaged by fire, requiring renewal of its facade.
- In Avondale Park, cages were erected for a small menagerie of animals.
- Birmingham changed from a Mayor-Aldermen system of government to a City Commission.
- Columbus Day was declared a state holiday.
- Jefferson County repealed local prohibition.
- Hill's Food Stores were founded in Birmingham.
- The Jack Daniel Distilling Company returned to Birmingham.
- Bottler National Dope Company went out of business.
- Louis Gelders and G. W. Beringer purchased Parisian Dry Goods & Millinery Company from Bertha and Estella Sommers, changing the name to The Parisian Company.
- March 19: Reverend Hans Reuter was installed at Zion Lutheran Church.
- The Altrurian Society was founded in Birmingham.
- Guy Tutwiler joined the Detroit Tigers.
- 1st Church of Christ, Scientist
- Buck Creek Mill addition
- Leeds High School
- 16th Street Baptist Church
- St Clair County Courthouse addition/modification
- Southside Baptist Church
- Women's Club House
- January 10: Walter McAdory became Jefferson County Sheriff.
- December 1: Alf Brown resigned as Captain of Engine Company No. 2.
- Truman Aldrich was appointed Postmaster of Birmingham by President Taft.
- Edgar C. Horton became head of the Birmingham Weather Bureau.
- Geneva Mercer sold her first sculpture.
- Hugh Morrow was elected to a second in the Alabama State Senate.
- Emmet O'Neal became Governor of Alabama.
- Oscar Underwood became U.S. House majority leader.
- February 1: Helen Walpole, radio actress and writer
- April 10: Martha Gaskins, educator
- May 20: Vet Boswell, singer
- June 20: Gail Patrick, actress
- June 28: Jimmy Hitchcock, sports hall of famer
- July 5: John Farr, Sr, auto dealer
- July 26: Delos Culp, university administrator
- August 4: Elton B. Stephens, entrepreneur and philanthropist
- October 7: Jo Jones, jazz drummer
- November 19: Mary Elizabeth Counselman, short story writer
- John Evins, business and civic leader
- Alfred Habeeb, anesthesiologist
- see also List of Birmingham homicides in 1911.
First Birmingham City Hall c. 1911
Morris Avenue c. 1911
Avondale Park postcard c. 1911
Crowd gathered after the 1911 Banner Mine explosion
In 1911, the first Monte Carlo races were held. A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City killed 146. The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. Roald Amundsen's expedition became the first to reach the South Pole.
Books published in 1911 included The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Popular music published included "Alexander's Ragtime Band" by Irving Berlin and "(On) Moonlight Bay" by Edward Madden & Percy Wenrich.
Notable births in 1911 included burlesque entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee, baseball player Hank Greenberg, actress Butterfly McQueen, President Ronald Reagan, author L. Ron Hubbard, murderer Jack Ruby, playwright Tennessee Williams, chemist Melvin Calvin, actor Vincent Price, film composer Bernard Herrmann, singer LaVerne Andrews, actress & dancer Ginger Rogers, actress Lucille Ball, and singer & actor Roy Rogers. Notable deaths included composer Gustav Mahler, dramatist W. S. Gilbert, temperance activist Carrie Nation, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan, aviator Eugene Burton Ely, and newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer.
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