Revision as of 22:32, 19 January 2022 by Lkseitz
August 17 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2013: The "Before I die" art installation was erected on the 14th Street South side of the Wood Wade building.
- 2012: Trussville landmark Velma's Place lost their lease.
- 2008: Ridgecrest Baptist Church dedicated its new sanctuary in Trussville.
- 2006: Engineer Linda Figg presented schematic designs of an elevated tollway over U.S. Highway 280 to the Progress 280 Task Force.
- 1991: St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church dedicated the first building at its current facility.
- 1973: Rosalette Petty of Hawai'i was crowned Miss Black Teenage World at the inaugural pageant in Birmingham.
- 1949: The Birmingham Business League, Birmingham Emancipation Association and the NAACP organized a protest at which approximately 2,000 Black residents protested at Smithfield Court for an end to list of racially motivated bombings. The crowd approved resolutions in favor of expanding real estate sales to Black buyers, and expressed support for the work of attorney Arthur Shores.
- 1945: The Birmingham Age-Herald resumed publication after a five-week printer's strike.
- 1887: Educator A. H. Parker arrived in Birmingham.
- 1883: Woodward Furnace No. 1 was blown in.
- 1805: Hosea Holcombe was ordained as a Baptist minister in Padgett's Creek, South Carolina.
- 1990: Major League Soccer player Chandler Hoffman was born.
- 1949: Special forces Vietnam Veteran Joe Farmer was born.
- 1942: Entrepreneur Harold Ruttenberg was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- 1933: Third baseman Jim Davenport was born in Siluria.
- 1930: Birmingham News publisher Victor Hanson II was born.
- 1927: Planner Robert Juster was born in London, England.
- 1913: Baseball player Rudy York was born in Ragland.
- 1859: Attorney Mitchell A. Porter was born in Elyton.
- 1851: Attorney and Chancellor John Altman was born in Sumter County.
- 1847: Avondale founder and Mayor of Birmingham William H. Morris was born in Troup County, Georgia.
- 2016: Historian and four-time Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett died.
- 2016: Homeless man James Griffin was found murdered under the Elton B. Stephens Expressway.
- 2011: Barton-Clay Fine Jewelers co-owner Sperry Snow died.
- 2009: Auto racing promoter J. P. Rotton Jr died.
- 2008: The quintuple Cahaba Lakes murders took place, although the bodies weren't discovered for three days.
- 1973: Singer Paul Williams was found dead in Detroit, Michigan, an apparent suicide.
- 1939: Industrial High School principal A. H. Parker died in Birmingham.
- 1895: Entrepreneur Robert Mustin died in Birmingham.