October 12 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2016: Magnolia Elementary School in Trussville opened to students.
- 2015: Trim Tab Brewing Company began distributing their IPA in cans.
- 2015: Erica Schmidt and Bryan Stanfield took over ownership of Trattoria Centrale.
- 2013: The inaugural Cask & Drum festival was held in Lakeview.
- 2008: The 5th annual St Clair County Fall Festival was held.
- 2006: Philip Williams was inaugurated as the 14th president of the University of Montevallo.
- 2006: The owners of Bevelle's Cafeteria in Bessemer won a judgement against Jefferson County.
- 1992: "Cristofo Columbo" statue by Ugo Sordelli was installed at UAB's Smolian International House.
- 1967: Roosevelt City was incorporated.
- 1965: The 1965 Birmingham municipal election was held to fill five open seats on the Birmingham City Council.
- 1924: Highland Plaza formally opened.
- 1902: Zion Lutheran Church's sanctuary at 2nd and 19th was dedicated.
- 1896: The Alabama Girls' Industrial School (now the University of Montevallo) opened.
- 1966: Electrical engineer, consultant and author Joyce Brooks was born in Prichard, Mobile County.
- 1960: Golfer Steve Lowery was born in Birmingham.
- 1944: Pathologist and political candidate Michele Waller was born in Buffalo, New York.
- 1871: Miss Fancy, beloved Birmingham Zoo elephant, was born.
- 1794: Furnace master Moses Stroup was born in Lincoln County, North Carolina.
- 2010: Civil Rights foot soldier Tommy Wrenn died in Birmingham.
- 2010: Former Pro Bowl guard Woody Peoples died in Birmingham.
- 2005: Songwriter Baker Knight died.
- 1972: Blues pianist Walter Roland died in Fairfield.
- 2005: The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 109–105 in a NBA exhibition game at the BJCC Coliseum.
- 1985: The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 128–125 in a NBA exhibition game at the BJCC Coliseum.