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* [[Mt Olive United Methodist Church]] was renamed to ''at Mt Olive''.
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2014 was the 143rd year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.
- January 1: A plane crash in an Alabaster back yard resulted in minor injuries.
- January 1: The Homewood High School marching band made their fourth appearance in the Tournament of Roses Parade.
- January 1: Richard Shahan was arrested as a "fugitive from justice" before boarding a flight from Nashville, Tennessee to Frankfurt, Germany.
- January 1: The Blazer Express bus system went into service.
- January 27: Sibyl Temple in Vestavia Hills was first illuminated blue after a traffic fatality.
- January 28: Unexpected snow and ice stranded thousands of people in their cars in the 2014 winter storm.
- February 1: Operation of Holy Rosary Catholic Church reverted to the Diocese of Birmingham.
- February 5: The Birmingham City Council updated its land-use maps in accordance with the Birmingham Comprehensive Plan.
- February 6: Good Friends Chinese & Seafood Restaurant owner Chun Hin Chang shot at a customer who complained about a roach in her food.
- February 12: A rare snowfall brought 4-5 inches to parts of Birmingham.
- February 14: A plane crash in northeast Jefferson County resulted in 2 fatalities.
- Hand in Paw relocated to 617 38th Street South from 2616 7th Avenue South.
- April 7: Heavy overnight rains caused flooding in several areas, including Homewood's Lakeshore Garden Apartments.
- May 17: Do Dah Day
- May 22: A three-alarm fire damaged the Liberty Lofts in downtown Birmingham.
- May 28: A fire at Blackwell's Pub damaged the neighboring Ashley Mac's clothing store.
- June: ALDOT gave notice it was ending its join agreement with Birmingham to provide public parking under the I-59/20 downtown viaduct.
- June 4: An episode of "American Pickers" featuring Rocco & Cheaters Speed Shop aired on The History Channel.
- June 6-7: The inaugural Steel City Jazz Festival was held at Linn Park.
- July 31: A plane crash west of Helena and south of the Bessemer Airport left all four occupants injured.
- August 10-13: The 2014 Southern Christian Leadership Conference National Convention was held in Birmingham.
- August 15-17: Birmingham Arts and Music Festival
- August 15-24: Birmingham Restaurant Week
- August 21-23: Birmingham New Music Festival
- August 23-24: Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival
- August 22-24: 2014 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival
- September 2: ALDOT workers barricaded the 750 public parking spaces under the I-59/20 downtown viaduct.
- September 5-6: ArtWalk
- September 23: Three people died in a shooting at the UPS Customer Center on Inglenook Lane.
- October 11: Cask & Drum
- October 24-27: The Dalai Lama made a four-day visit to Birmingham.
- November 3: Date set for civil trial against architects and contractors faulted for the 2013 Birmingham airport fatality.
- December 19: Public demonstrations against police violence and racial profiling were held at the entrance to the Summit and in the Riverchase Galleria's food court.
- The Sons of Vulcan metal arts co-operative was founded.
- March 1: Mark Crosswhite succeeded Charles McCrary as CEO of Alabama Power.
- March: Country Living magazine relocated its editorial offices from New York City to Pepper Place.
- Alabama Media Group moved from the 2006 Birmingham News building to the Young & Vann Building.
- Zoe's Kitchen went public.
- Brookwood Village was acquired by Cypress Equities of Dallas, Texas.
- May 23: Sterne Agee CEO James Holbrook Jr and his son, COO Billy Holbrook, were dismissed from the firm.
- Mercedes-Benz US International began producing C-Class sedans in Tuscaloosa.
- Momentum Telecom merged with Integrated Broadband Services (IBBS) of Kennessaw, Georgia.
- Direct Communications moved from Cahaba Heights to 1st Avenue South in Birmingham.
- Steyr Arms moved from Trussville Industrial Park to Bessemer.
- Storkland Furniture returned to 2nd Avenue North from Vestavia Hills.
- Dynamic Civil Solutions moved from the Frank Nelson Building to 2210 2nd Avenue North.
- Energen sold Alagasco to The Laclede Group, Inc. of St Louis, Missouri.
- Business Interiors relocated from 2101 Highland Avenue to the former Ted's Garage at 2309 5th Avenue South.
- Partner Andy Campbell left Leitman Siegal Payne & Campbell.
- Oxford's Quintard Mall fell into foreclosure.
- Soluble Therapeutics acquired Dilyx Biotechnologies of Seattle, Washington.
- October: Nick and Terry Saban and Joe Agresti purchased the Crown Mercedes dealership in Hoover.
- November: Sylacauga Marble Quarry purchased the former Alabama Marble Quarry in Talladega County.
- December: Vince Amaro purchased the building housing Cinema Blue and Pleasure Books East and gave the owners 60 days to vacate.
- January 20: The Southern opened at Uptown.
- January 21: Continental Bakery Downtown opened in One Federal Place.
- February 20: Tanya Jones SalonSpa opened a second location at English Village.
- Cahaba Oaks Cafe opened at McEnally's Mercantile in Clay.
- March 11: Brick & Tin opened a second location in Mountain Brook Village.
- March 12: 24e Fitness opened their Trussville location.
- March 13: Post Office Pies opened in Avondale.
- March 25: Mia Luna opened in Lakeview.
- May 16: Maki Fresh opened its second Birmingham location at Wells Fargo Tower.
- Taziki's opened five new locations, including one in Auburn.
- Texas de Brazil opened at Uptown.
- June: Icebergs opened in Trussville.
- July: Wasabi Juan's opened in Avondale.
- Saw's Street Kitchen food truck debuted.
- Melt opened on 41st Street South in Avondale.
- Rafiki's Grill opened on Valley Avenue.
- Big Bad Breakfast opened.
- August 19: Cantina Laredo opened at Uptown.
- August 28: PT's Sports Grill opened in SoHo Square.
- Bottle & Bone opened at Uptown.
- Twin Peaks opened at Patton Creek Shopping Center.
- Open Shop opened in Woodlawn.
- December 8: Birmingham Breadworks opened.
- December 16: Little Italy's Pies & Pints opened in 5 Points South.
- Bill Smith launched Shipt.
- R. & M. Convenience Store was founded by Rodriques Cowans.
- January: Tavern on the Summit closed.
- January: All Seasons Travel merged with Christopherson Andavo of Salt Lake City, Utah.
- January 18: Cameras Brookwood closed.
- January 29: Produce/grocery retailer Freshfully closed.
- February 28: The Haskell Slaughter law firm closed its Park Place offices.
- The Johnston Barton law firm closed its Colonial Center offices.
- Kelley's Neighborhood Sports Grill closed.
- SpoonFed Grill was sold.
- March 13: A. H. Cather Publishing Company closed.
- March 14: Surin & Company at Concord Center closed.
- March 18: Good Friends Chinese & Seafood Restaurant was shut down by the Birmingham City Council
- April: Loretta Goodwin Gallery closed.
- Summit Products filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation.
- June 3: Protective Life Corporation announced its acquisition by the Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. of Tokyo, Japan for $5.7 billion.
- June 8: Trinity Presbyterian Church (Eastwood) held its final service.
- June 13: David's Arts and Frames closed.
- August 1: Highland Capital Brokerage was acquired by Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services of Miami, Florida.
- Splish Splash Car Wash
- Bashir Inc.
- Applied Transportation Concepts
- Affinity Healthcare Services
- Morgan Village
- C. W. Woods Contracting Services
- Rusert Homes
- Power Force Apparel
- Daniels Capital Corporation
- March 31: The Gardendale City Council voted to establish a new Gardendale City Schools system.
- April 1: The first Gardendale Board of Education was organized.
- May 2: Birmingham City Schools emerged from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' probationary status.
- July 1: Pelham City Schools broke away from Shelby County Schools.
- July 1: Craig Pouncey began his term as Superintendent of Jefferson County Schools.
- December 31: Hoover City Schools Superintendent Andy Craig resigned to become deputy superintendent for administrative and financial services for the Alabama Department of Education.
- Redistricting affected constituencies in the Alabama State Senate and Alabama House of Representatives.
- January 14: Mayor William Bell delivered the annual State of the City address.
- February 25: Trussville residents passed a seven mill property tax increase, earmarked for Trussville City Schools.
- March 25: Birmingham adopted the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code.
- August 26: The 2014 Bessemer municipal election was held.
- October 24: Carbon Hill mayor James Richardson resigned following criminal charges of sexual abuse of city jail inmates.
- November 4: The 2014 general election and 2014 Birmingham neighborhood elections were held.
- Mt Olive United Methodist Church was renamed to GracePoint at Mt Olive.
- January 2: The 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide football team lost to the Oklahoma Sooners 45-31 in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana
- January 4: The Vanderbilt Commodores defeated the Houston Cougars 41-24 in the 2014 BBVA Compass Bowl at Legion Field
- January 6: Jameis Winston led the Florida State Seminoles to a 34-31 victory over the Auburn Tigers in the BCS National Championship game in Pasadena, California.
- January 8: Former Auburn and Birmingham Barons star Frank Thomas was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- January 21: Bill Clark was named to succeed Garrick McGee as head coach of the UAB Blazers football team.
- February 16: Mark Chepses of West Des Moines, Iowa won the Mercedes Marathon with a time of 2:20:36.
- March 3: The Alabama Outlawz began playing arena football in the X-League with an away game against the Georgia Rampage in Dalton, Georgia.
- March 12: Tony Barbee was fired as the head coach of the men's basketball program at Auburn University.
- March 17: Bruce Pearl was hired as the head coach of the men's basketball program at Auburn University.
- March 28: The Chicago White Sox played an exhibition against the Birmingham Barons at Regions Field.
- April 27: Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
- May 18: Kenny Perry edged out Mark Calcavecchia in the Regions Tradition.
- May 20-25: Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament at the Hoover Met.
- June 6: Scott Padgett succeeded Bennie Seltzer as head coach of the Samford Bulldogs basketball team.
- June 25: The 2014 Rickwood Classic was played.
- August: ESPN's SEC Network debuted, featuring Paul Finebaum's call-in show.
- November 30: Alabama defeated Auburn 55-44 in the 2014 Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
- December 2: UAB president Ray Watts announced the termination of the Blazers football program.
- December 3-5: 2014 AHSAA Super Seven Championships at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
- January 31: Scott Richards conducted his final broadcast on WBRC 6.
- February 2: Michael Rich became Priest in Charge of St Andrew's Episcopal Church.
- Devon Laney succeeded Susan Matlock as director of the Innovation Depot.
- Mark Crosswhite succeeded Charles McCrary as president and CEO of Alabama Power.
- August 24: Birmingham Police Chief A. C. Roper was promoted to Major General of the U.S. Army Reserve.
- November 3: Connie Hill became president and CEO of Girls Inc. of Central Alabama .
- January 1: Griffin, a giraffe, was born at the Birmingham Zoo.
- January 29: Wynter Dobbins, born during the 2014 winter storm.
- April: Yuma and Kaya, coyotes at the Birmingham Zoo.
- April 8: Rhaegal, a black-footed cat, was born at the Philadelphia Zoo.
- November 6: Carlito, giant anteater
- Alabama Academy of Honor: Judy Bonner, Tim Cook, John Croyle, Jim Hudson, Margaret Porter, Nick Saban, Jeff Sessions, Edgar Welden
- Alabama Lawyers Hall of Fame:
- Alabama Men's Hall of Fame:
- Alabama Sports Hall of Fame: Major Ogilvie, Ruthie Bolton, Red Cochran, Bill Cody, Eli Gold, Travis Grant, Walter Jones and David Magadan
- Alabama Teacher of the Year: Ann Marie Corgill, Cherokee Bend Elementary School
- Alabama Women's Hall of Fame: Kathryn Tucker Windham
- Alabama Writers Hall of Fame: (inaugurual class) Rick Bragg, Johnson Jones Hooper, Augusta Jane Evans Wilson, Helen Keller, Zora Neal Hurston, William March, Albert Murray, Helen Norris Bell, Andrew Glaze, Harper Lee, Sonia Sanchez and Sena Jeter Naslund.
- Birmingham Barons Hall of Fame:
- Birmingham Business Hall of Fame:
- Birmingham Gallery of Distinguished Citizens:
- Bobby Bowden Collegiate Coach of the Year Award: Gus Malzahn
- Legend of Birmingham Award: Tony Nathan
- Miss Alabama:
- Miss Alabama USA: Jesica Ahlberg
- Miss Birmingham: Chelsea Yarber
- Miss Samford: Shea Summerlin
- Miss Shelby County: Amanda Ford
- Miss UAB:
- Mr Football:
- Vulcan Awards: Cameron Vowell (Lifetime Achievement), A. C. Roper (Servant Leadership), Shelley Stewart (Hero Award), Charles Krulak (Newcomer Award), Mike Warren (Game Changer Award)
- March 21: Quarterback Greg McElroy retired from the National Football League.
- June 30: Dixon Brooke Jr retired as president and CEO of EBSCO Industries.
- December 31: UAB Graduate School dean Bryan Noe retired.
- December 31: Hoover City Schools superintendent Andy Craig resigned to become an administrator for the Alabama Department of Education.
- December 31: Special Agent in Charge Richard Schwein retired from the FBI Birmingham Field Office.
- January 3: Betty Caldwell, actress, director and English teacher
- January 12: James Pittman, former dean of the UAB School of Medicine
- January 12: Bob Burton, former CEO of Hoar Construction
- January 30: Danielle Downey, former LPGA golfer and Auburn Tigers women's golf coach
- February 2: Wade Black, filmmaker and director of the Birmingham Pledge Foundation
- February 3: Businessman and real estate developer Bud Coleman
- March 3: Joab Thomas, former president of the University of Alabama
- March 4: Jimmy Watson, owner of the Garage Café
- March 17: Johnny Kile, former chief of the Moody Police Department and Leeds City Council member
- March 28: Jeremiah Denton, former U.S. Senator
- March 29: J-R, Irondale Police Department drug detection dog
- March 30: Eagle Phillips, stage manager
- April 6: Jim Pfaffman, architect
- April 7: John Baird, contractor
- April 17: Betty Jensen, retired Birmingham Police Department sergeant
- April: Aldrich Gunn, former Birmingham City Council member
- April 21: Emmett Weaver, former Birmingham Post-Herald entertainment editor
- April 26: David Langer, former Auburn Tigers defensive back
- April: Sam Brison, former Indianapolis Clowns star
- May 2: K. D. Hardy, author and motivational speaker
- May 26: Virginia Pounds Brown, librarian, bookseller, and author
- May 26: Duane Pontius, physicist, pianist, sculptor, and educator
- May 27: Ivor Brooks, Birmingham Fire & Rescue chief
- June 8: Ron Council, public relations professional
- June 15: Samuel Pettagrue, pastor of Sardis Missionary Baptist Church
- June 15: Carl Spurlock, news anchor and actor
- June 18: War Eagle VI, Auburn Tigers mascot
- June 21: Joe Langston, former WBRC-TV news director
- June 24: Caleb Bankston, train engineer
- July 1: Frank Cummings, cartoonist
- July 15: June Fore Shaw, pathologist
- July 17: Hank Hartsfield, space shuttle astronaut
- July 17: Santosh Khare, neonatalist
- August 6: Al Awtrey, homebuilder and developer
- August 8: George Berthon, dry cleaner
- August 8: Bob Wood, sporting goods dealer
- August 22: Bernard Williams, pastor and educator
- September 12: John Garrett, CEO of Chronicle Studio
- September 14: Glenn House, artist and papermaker
- September 24: Virginia Mae Schmitt, actress
- October 2: Benny Carle, television host
- October 14: Paul Hubbert, Alabama Education Association president
- October 22: J. Richmond Pearson, former circuit judge and state senator
- October 23: Camilla, a bald eagle at the Birmingham Zoo
- October 24: Delores Hodgens Howard, concert pianist, educator and 1961 Miss Alabama
- October 29: Frank Adams, Jazz musician and former director of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
- November 16: Sherman "Foxxy Fatts" Carson, R&B and jazz drummer
- November 16: Emanuel Ford, former Birmingham Board of Education member
- November 17: Alice Lee, attorney and agent for her sister, Harper Lee
- November 17: Bill Mason, dermatologist and art collector
- November 26: Tom Self, former Birmingham News photo editor
- December 14: Tonya West, chef, food stylist and drummer
- December 15: George N. Sarris, chef, owner of Sarris Café.
- December 23: Cecil Coghlan, cardiologist
- December 25: Dominic Lusco, grocer
- December 30: Henry Strzelecki, bassist
- February 18: St Paul & the Broken Bones' first full-length album, "Half the City", was released.
- March 3: The vinyl-clad Pepsi billboard over the Two North Twentieth sign was dedicated.
- March 28: The second Birmingham Lights public art installation, "Positive Disruption" was dedicated in the 14th Street underpass at the downtown Railroad Reservation.
- June 12: "Toxic City:Birmingham's Dirty Secret", a short documentary written and directed by Hunter Nichols, premiered at the Carver Theater.
- August 4: "Jersey Belle" a reality series featuring Jaime Primak Sullivan, premiered on Bravo Media.
- January 14: Green Drive reopened in Trussville.
- January 16: The Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts opened to the public.
- March 18: Gardendale Fire Station No. 2 was dedicated.
- The 34th Street North overpass in Collegeville was completed.
- The hotel at the Ross Bridge Resort completed a $5 million renovation.
- The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Terminal Modernization Project was completed.
- The Crossings of Hoover shopping center was constructed.
- Helena High School opened.
- Hewitt-Trussville Stadium was completed at Hewitt-Trussville High School.
- The I-22 I-65 interchange opened.
- The Rotary Trail at 1st Avenue South was constructed.
- Trussville Civitan Park reopened after extensive renovations.
- University Flats in Glen Iris opened.
- Uptown entertainment district at the BJCC
- March: The University of Alabama demolished the HES Design House for a new Kappa Delta sorority house.
- August: The long-vacant Arlington School in Bessemer was torn down to prepare the site for re-use.
- November 18: The Frank Lathrop residence was destroyed by fire.
In 2014, the Winter Olympics were held in Sochi, Russia. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 airliner en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared with 239 people on board. Russia formally annexed Crimea over international objections. An Ebola virus epidemic began in West Africa. An estimated 276 girls and women were abducted and held hostage from a school in Nigeria. The Catholic Church simultaneously canonized Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine after being shot down by a missile, killing all 298 people on board. The Rosetta spacecraft's Philae probe successfully landed on Comet 67P, the first time in history that a spacecraft has landed on such an object. Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 crashed in the Java Sea off the coast of Borneo, killing all 162 aboard.
The top-grossing films of 2014 were Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Guardians of the Galaxy, Maleficent, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) took both Best Picture and Best Director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu). Best Actor went to Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Best Actress to Julianne Moore (Still Alice). Big Hero 6 won Best Animated Feature Film.
Notable deaths in 2014 included former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, musician Pete Seeger, actress and diplomat Shirley Temple, actor Sid Caesar, pastor Fred Phelps, actor Mickey Rooney (ex-husband of B. J. Baker), wrestler The Ultimate Warrior, artist H. R. Giger, actor James Garner, actor and comedian Robin Williams, actress Lauren Bacall, comedian and actress Joan Rivers, video game pioneer Ralph H. Baer, and singer Joe Cocker.
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