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[[Image:Palm Leaf Hotel.jpg|right|thumb|480px|The [[Palm Leaf Hotel]] and [[Brock's Drug Company]] in [[1931]].]]
 
'''1931''' was the 60th year after the founding of the City of [[Birmingham]].
 
'''1931''' was the 60th year after the founding of the City of [[Birmingham]].
  
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* Spring: [[Miss Fancy]], the elephant at [[Avondale Park]] [[Birmingham Zoo|Zoo]], broke her chains and barreled through trees up [[Red Mountain]] until she was caught on [[Overlook Road]].
 
* Spring: [[Miss Fancy]], the elephant at [[Avondale Park]] [[Birmingham Zoo|Zoo]], broke her chains and barreled through trees up [[Red Mountain]] until she was caught on [[Overlook Road]].
 
* [[May 31]]: The $1 million [[Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport|Birmingham Airport]] opened with day-long ceremonies and an air show.
 
* [[May 31]]: The $1 million [[Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport|Birmingham Airport]] opened with day-long ceremonies and an air show.
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* [[December 29]]: The [[1931 Overton No. 1 Mine explosion]] resulted in five deaths.
 
* The [[Homewood City Council]] established racial zoning in [[Rosedale]].
 
* The [[Homewood City Council]] established racial zoning in [[Rosedale]].
 
* [[Robert Jemison, Jr]] donated a pair of swans to [[Avondale Park]].
 
* [[Robert Jemison, Jr]] donated a pair of swans to [[Avondale Park]].
 
* The [[Southern Club]] closed.
 
* The [[Southern Club]] closed.
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* Harry M. and Nettie Buten of Merion, Pennsylvania began [[Buten collection|collecting Wedgwood]].
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* [[Robert Van de Graaff]] demonstrated his high-voltage generator for the American Insitute of Physics in Schenectady, New York.
  
 
===Business===
 
===Business===
 
* [[Houston Brice, Sr]] founded the [[Brice Building Company]].
 
* [[Houston Brice, Sr]] founded the [[Brice Building Company]].
 
* [[Torme's Associated Foods]] opened.
 
* [[Torme's Associated Foods]] opened.
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* The [[Liberty National Life Insurance Company]] purchased the [[Liberty National Building]].
 
* [[WAPI-AM]] applied to the FRC for permission to boost its transmission to 50 Kilowatts.
 
* [[WAPI-AM]] applied to the FRC for permission to boost its transmission to 50 Kilowatts.
 
* [[WBRC-AM]] increased its power to 5 kilowatts and moved to a "Crystal Studio" on the mezzanine of the [[Temple Theater]].  
 
* [[WBRC-AM]] increased its power to 5 kilowatts and moved to a "Crystal Studio" on the mezzanine of the [[Temple Theater]].  
 
* [[Joe Giattina]] and his [[Bama Cardinals]] ended a six-year run on Sunday afternoons on [[WBRC-AM]].
 
* [[Joe Giattina]] and his [[Bama Cardinals]] ended a six-year run on Sunday afternoons on [[WBRC-AM]].
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* The [[Lyric Theatre]] closed.
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* The [[Birmingham, Selma & Mobile Railroad]] shut down.
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* [[Birmingham National Air Carnival]]
  
 
===Government===
 
===Government===
 
* [[January 19]]: [[Benjamin M. Miller]] succeeded [[Bibb Graves]] as [[Governor of Alabama]].
 
* [[January 19]]: [[Benjamin M. Miller]] succeeded [[Bibb Graves]] as [[Governor of Alabama]].
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* January 19: [[Hugh Merrill]] succeeded [[William C. Davis]] as [[Lieutenant Governor of Alabama]].
 
* January 19: [[James Hawkins]] succeeded [[W. O. Downs]] as [[Jefferson County Sheriff]].
 
* January 19: [[James Hawkins]] succeeded [[W. O. Downs]] as [[Jefferson County Sheriff]].
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* [[March 4]]: [[John H. Bankhead, II]] began serving in the U.S. Senate.
 
* [[Cooper Green]] was elected to the [[Alabama State House of Representatives]].
 
* [[Cooper Green]] was elected to the [[Alabama State House of Representatives]].
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* [[Charles Kennamer]] was appointed to the [[United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama]].
  
 
===Religion===
 
===Religion===
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* A group of members left [[First Presbyterian Church]] and founded the [[Congregational Community Church]].
 
* [[Louis Pizitz]] succeeded [[Harry Berlin]] as president of [[Temple Beth-El]].
 
* [[Louis Pizitz]] succeeded [[Harry Berlin]] as president of [[Temple Beth-El]].
 
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* [[John C. Fletcher]] became pastor of [[St John's Episcopal Church for the Deaf]].
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* [[Milton Grafman]] was ordained as a rabbi.
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* [[William Lantrip]] succeeded [[L. F. Stansel]] as pastor of [[Avondale United Methodist Church|Avondale Methodist Church]].
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* [[Paul Hardin]] was ordained an Elder in the Methodist Church.
  
 
===Education===
 
===Education===
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===Sports===
 
===Sports===
 
* [[May 10]]: [[Art Weist]] hit a [[Birmingham Barons records|Birmingham Barons record]] three home runs in a game against Nashville. He also set records for consecutive home runs (3) and home runs in an inning (2).
 
* [[May 10]]: [[Art Weist]] hit a [[Birmingham Barons records|Birmingham Barons record]] three home runs in a game against Nashville. He also set records for consecutive home runs (3) and home runs in an inning (2).
* [[John Cortazzo]] set a [[Birmingham Barons records|Birmingham Barons record]] for being hit by pitches 15 times during the [[1931 Birmingham Barons|1931 season]]  
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* [[John Cortazzo]] set a [[Birmingham Barons records|Birmingham Barons record]] for being hit by pitches 15 times during the [[1931 Birmingham Barons|1931 season]].
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* [[Frank W. Thomas]] succeeded [[Wallace Wade]] as head coach of the [[Alabama Crimson Tide football team]].
 
* [[August 6]]: Pitcher [[Satchel Paige]] made his debut with the Crawford Colored Giants.
 
* [[August 6]]: Pitcher [[Satchel Paige]] made his debut with the Crawford Colored Giants.
 
* [[August 15]]: Pitcher [[Ivy Andrews]] made his debut with the New York Yankees.
 
* [[August 15]]: Pitcher [[Ivy Andrews]] made his debut with the New York Yankees.
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* [[September 25]]: The [[1931 Birmingham Barons]] beat Texas League champion Houston Buffaloes in the "Dixie Series" 4 games to 3.
 
* [[September 25]]: The [[1931 Birmingham Barons]] beat Texas League champion Houston Buffaloes in the "Dixie Series" 4 games to 3.
 
* The [[Dunbar High School]] Blue Devils began their football program under coach [[Mule Knox]].
 
* The [[Dunbar High School]] Blue Devils began their football program under coach [[Mule Knox]].
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* The Seattle Indians traded infielder [[Stuffy Stewart]] to the Knoxville Smokies.
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* Langston University joined the [[Southwestern Athletic Conference]].
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* Pitcher [[Bob Adams]] was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent.
  
 
==Individuals==
 
==Individuals==
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* [[Douglas Arant]] began serving on the [[Alabama State Bar]]'s Board of Commissioners.
 
* [[Bear Bryant]] accepted a scholarship offer from [[Alabama Crimson Tide football]] assistant coach [[Hank Crisp]].
 
* [[Bear Bryant]] accepted a scholarship offer from [[Alabama Crimson Tide football]] assistant coach [[Hank Crisp]].
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* [[Alice Chalifoux]] became principal harpist with the Cleveland, Ohio Orchestra.
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* [[Sidney van Sheck]] took a job at [[Bechtel-McCone]].
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* [[Helen Walpole]] debuted on Broadway.
 
   
 
   
 
===Births===
 
===Births===
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* [[January 6]]: [[Don Morrison]], architect
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* [[March 7]]: [[Sonny Penhale]], [[Mayor of Helena]].
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* [[March 20]]: [[Henry Aizenman]], Holocaust survivor
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* [[March 27]]: [[Ken Forbes, Jr]], Presbyterian minister and head shop owner
 
* [[April 4]]: [[John Porter]], pastor of [[6th Avenue Baptist Church]]
 
* [[April 4]]: [[John Porter]], pastor of [[6th Avenue Baptist Church]]
 
* [[May 6]]: [[Willie Mays]], Hall of Fame outfielder
 
* [[May 6]]: [[Willie Mays]], Hall of Fame outfielder
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* [[May 25]]: [[Bill Holdefer]], surgeon
 
* [[May 25]]: [[Bill Holdefer]], surgeon
 
* [[May 29]]: [[John Baumgartner]], baseball player
 
* [[May 29]]: [[John Baumgartner]], baseball player
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* [[November 6]]: [[Gil Hill]], actor and Detroit City Council president
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* [[November 15]]: [[Sonny Smith]], [[Auburn Tigers basketball]] coach
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* [[Gage Bush Englund]], ballerina and civic leader
  
 
===Marriages===
 
===Marriages===
 
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* [[Anne Woodward]] to [[James Burt, Jr]].
  
 
===Awards===
 
===Awards===
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===Graduations===
 
===Graduations===
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* Educator [[Delos Culp]] graduated as valedictorian of [[Isabella High School]] in [[Maplesville]].
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* Pathologist [[Joseph Cunningham]] completed a bachelor of arts at the Catholic University of America.
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* Restaurateur [[John Holcomb, Jr]] graduated from [[Phillips High School]].
  
 
===Deaths===
 
===Deaths===
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* [[February 11]]: [[William Weir]], former [[Birmingham Police Department|Birmingham Chief of Police]]
 
* [[May 23]]: [[W. W. Rose]], architect and former mayor of Kansas City, Kansas
 
* [[May 23]]: [[W. W. Rose]], architect and former mayor of Kansas City, Kansas
* [[August 4]]: [[Jennie Wood]] and [[Augusta Williams]] died after being shot during an outing on [[Leeds Highway]].
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* [[August 4]]: [[Jennie Wood]] and [[Augusta Williams]] [[Wood/Williams murders|died after being shot during an outing]] on [[Leeds Highway]].
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* [[November 27]]: [[Sumter Bethea]], real estate broker
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* [[December 14]]: [[William Jelks]], former [[Governor of Alabama]]
 
* [[December 29]]: [[George Bodeker]], former [[Birmingham Police Department|Birmingham Police]] and founder of [[Bodeker's National Detective Agency]].
 
* [[December 29]]: [[George Bodeker]], former [[Birmingham Police Department|Birmingham Police]] and founder of [[Bodeker's National Detective Agency]].
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* December 29: 5 miners were killed in the [[1931 Overton No. 1 Mine explosion]].
  
 
==Works==
 
==Works==
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===Buildings===
 
===Buildings===
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* [[Avondale United Methodist Church]], new sanctuary
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* [[Avondale Villa]] at [[Avondale Park]]
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* [[Dr Pepper Building]]
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* [[Hill Elementary School]], two-room annex
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* [[Medical Arts Building]] at [[Five Points South]]
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* [[Jefferson County Courthouse]] at [[Linn Park|Woodrow Wilson Park]]
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* [[Jefferson County Home]]
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* [[Pickwick Club]] at [[Five Points South]]
 
* [[Railroad Reservation]] grade separation
 
* [[Railroad Reservation]] grade separation
 
** [[14th Street underpass]]
 
** [[14th Street underpass]]
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** [[19th Street underpass]]
 
** [[19th Street underpass]]
 
** [[20th Street underpass]]
 
** [[20th Street underpass]]
* [[Avondale Villa]] at [[Avondale Park]]
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* [[Stockham Woman's Building]] at [[Birmingham-Southern College]]
* [[Jefferson County Courthouse]] at [[Linn Park|Woodrow Wilson Park]]
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* [[Willis Rushton residence]]
* [[Jefferson County Home]]
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Revision as of 14:50, 24 September 2014

1931 was the 60th year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.

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