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Jackie RobinsonOct 8, 1953

Beth DanielMay 2, 1982

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Birmingham - Historical Events
Date Event
1791-07-14

The Priestley Riots drive Joseph Priestley, a supporter of the French Revolution, out of Birmingham, England.

1837-07-04

Grand Junction Railway, the world's first long-distance railway, opens between Birmingham and Liverpool.

1839-07-27

Chartist riots break out in Birmingham, England

1863-04-24

Skirmish at Okolona/Birmingham, Mississippi (Grierson's Raid)

1890-10-15

Alabama Penny Savings Bank organizes in Birmingham

1895-09-11

FA Cup stolen in Birmingham

1900-10-03

Edward Elgar/Cardinal Newmans oratorium premieres in Birmingham

1914-08-09

German U-15 was sunk by the British cruiser, H.M.S. Birmingham

1940-11-19

German air raid on Birmingham fails

1940-11-20

German air raid on Birmingham fails

1941-05-16

Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham)

1946-04-13

Eddie Klepp, a white pitcher signed by defending Negro League champ Cleveland Buckeyes, is barred from field in Birmingham Alabama

1948-05-01

Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator, arrested in Birmingham, Alabama, for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes"

1949-07-01

WBRC TV channel 6 in Birmingham, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting

1953-07-07

35th PGA Championship: Walter Burkemo at Birmingham CC Mich

1953-10-08

Birmingham Alabama, bars Jackie Robinson's Negro-White All-Stars from playing there Robinson gives in & drops white players from his group

1955-04-28

WBIQ TV channel 10 in Birmingham, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting

1956-02-15

Pirates & KC A's cancel an exhibition game in Birmingham Alabama, because of local ordinance barring black from playing against white

1956-03-14

Satchel Paige signs with the Birmingham Black Barons (Negro League)

1956-04-11

Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater in racial incident

1961-10-31

Federal judge rules that Birmingham, Alabama, laws against integrated playing fields are illegal

1963-04-12

Birmingham police use dogs & cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators

1963-05-11

Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama

1963-05-12

Race riot in Birmingham, Alabama

1963-09-15

Church bombed in Birmingham AL, kills 4 African-American girls

1965-10-17

WBMG TV channel 42 in Birmingham, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting

1972-04-23

Betty Burfeind wins LPGA Birmingham Centennital Golf Classic

1973-04-29

Gloria Ehret wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic

1974-04-28

Jane Blalock wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic

1974-11-21

Birmingham pub bombings: 21 civilians killed when bombs explode at two pubs in Birmingham, England (This was the deadliest attack in England during "the Troubles")

1974-12-05

1st World Football League Bowl, Birmingham Americans beat Florida

1974-12-05

Birmingham Americans defeat the Florida Blazers 22-21 in the WFL's World Bowl

1975-05-04

Maria Astrologes wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic

1976-04-25

Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic

1977-05-01

Debbie Austin wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic

1978-04-16

Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic

1979-10-30

Richard Arrington, Jr. is elected the first African American mayor in Birmingham, Alabama

1980-04-27

Barbara Barrow wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic

1981-04-26

Beth Solomon wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic

1982-03-06

Susan Birmingham makes loudest recorded human shout (120 dB)

1982-05-02

Beth Daniel wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic

1983-03-13

1st USFL overtime game-Birmingham Stallions beat Oakld Invaders 20-14

1985-09-09

Race riot in Birmingham, England

1990-04-18

Birmingham Fire issued an original franchise in WLAF

1991-03-14

English Court of Appeal frees "Birmingham 6" who had been unjustly sentenced in August 1975 to life imprisonment

1991-03-23

1st World League of American Football games, London beats Frankfurt 24-11, Sacramento beats Raleigh-Dur 9-3 & Mont beats Birmingham 20-5

1995-01-11

Birmingham Barracudas granted CFL franchise

1995-03-12

Ice Dance Championship at Birmingham UK won by Gritshuk & Platov (RUS)

1995-03-12

Ice Pairs Championship at Birmingham won by Radka Kovarikova & Rene Novotny

1995-03-12

Men's Figure Skating Champions in Birmingham won by Elvis Stojko (CAN)

1995-03-12

Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Birmingham won by Chen Lu (CHN)

1995-07-04

Birmingham Barracudas play 1st CFL game (vs Winnipeg)

1995-07-15

Birmingham Barracudas 1st CFL home game (vs Hamilton)

1996-03-14

Crufts show at NEC Birmingham, (1995 winner, Joshua, an Irish setter)

1998-01-29

Woman's Clinic in Birmingham Ala bombed, 1 killed

2002-05-22

American civil rights movement: a jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

2003-03-18

FBI agents raid the corporate headquarters of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama on suspicion of massive corporate fraud led by the company's top executives.

2005-07-28

A tornado touches down in a residential area in south Birmingham, England, causing £4,000,000 worth of damages and injuring 39 people.

2007-01-31

Suspects are arrested in Birmingham in the UK, accused of plotting the kidnap, holding and eventual beheading of a serving Muslim British soldier in Iraq.

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Birmingham - Notable Birthdays

Neville ChamberlainMar 18, 1869

Tony HancockMay 12, 1925

Louise FletcherJul 22, 1934

Kate JacksonOct 29, 1948

Ozzy OsbourneDec 3, 1948

Carl LewisJul 1, 1961

Courteney CoxJun 15, 1964

Diana DeGarmoJun 16, 1987

Birmingham - Birthdays
Date Event
1822-02-16

Francis Galton, Birmingham England, anthropologist & geneticist

1865-07-16

George A Birmingham, [Rev James Owen Hannay], novelist

1865-07-16

George A. Birmingham, The Search Party

1869-03-18

[Arthur] Neville Chamberlain, Birmingham, British Prime Minister (C, 1937-40)

1895-09-26

Fay Holden, Birmingham England, actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films)

1896-05-19

Michael Balcon, Birmingham England, producer/father of Jill Balcon

1896-10-15

Melville Cooper, Birmingham England, TV panelist (I Got a Secret)

1903-01-07

Alan Napier, Birmingham England, actor (Alfred-Batman)

1903-05-13

Paul Page, Birmingham AL, actor (Girl From Havana, Moth)

1909-05-08

Alwyn Sheppard Fidler, Birmingham '64

1909-10-26

Lionel Hale, The Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery

1911-01-13

John English, Birmingham '64

1911-06-20

Gail Patrick, Birmingham Ala, actress (My Man Godfrey, Love Crazy)

1913-02-14

Mel Allen, Birmingham Alabama, American sportscaster (voice of NY Yankees)

1916-04-26

Virgil Trucks, Birmingham, Alabama, MLB picther (two-time All Star), (d. 2013)

1916-05-28

Walker Percy, Birmingham Ala, writer (Adventures of a Bad Catholic)

1917-04-07

R G Armstrong, Birmingham Ala, actor (T.H.E. Cat), (d. 2012)

1918-01-27

Skitch Henderson, Birmingham England, orchestra leader (Tonight Show)

1922-02-26

Margaret Leighton, Birmingham England, actress (Astonished Heart)

1922-07-26

Frank Price, Birmingham '64

1924-06-09

Tony Britton, Birmingham England, actor (Day of Jackal, Girl in my Soup)

1925-05-12

Tony Hancock, Birmingham England, actor (Rebel, Wrong Box)

1930-05-21

Stanley Wells, director (Shakespeare Institute U of Birmingham)

1930-12-31

Ala Odetta, [Odetta Holmes], Birmingham, folk singer/actress

1930-12-31

Odetta, [Holmes], Birmingham Ala, folk singer (Sanctuary)

1931-05-28

Stephen Birmingham, Hartford, author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich)

1933-04-07

Wayne Rogers, Birmingham Ala, actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls, Chiefs)

1933-11-21

Henry Hartsfield Jr, Birmingham Ala, astro (STS-4, STS 41-D, STS 61A)

1934-07-22

Louise Fletcher, Birmingham AL, actress (One Flew over Cuckoo's Nest)

1939-11-24

Jim Yester, Birmingham Alabama, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association)

1940-06-25

Clint Warwick, [Eccles], Birmingham England, bassist (Moody Blues)

1941-12-27

Michael 'Mike' Pinder, Birmingham UK, rocker (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin)

1944-02-05

J R Cobb, Birmingham Ala, rocker (Atlanta Rhythm Section, Classic IV)

1944-09-21

Fannie Flagg, Birmingham Ala, actress/comediene (Candid Camera)

1945-07-20

John Lodge, Birmingham, bassist (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin)

1945-11-24

Bev[erley] Bevan, Birmingham England, rock drummer (ELO)

1946-01-07

Andy Brown, rock drummer (Fortunes Birmingham)

1946-06-02

Michael Birmingham, Crazy Animal

1946-06-19

Teresa Birmingham, Crazy Animal

1946-11-08

Roy Wood, Birmingham England, rock vocalist/cellist (ELO)

1946-12-18

Hubie Green, Birmingham Ala, PGA golfer (US Open 1977)

1947-04-02

Emmylou Harris, Birmingham Alabama, country singer (Together Again)

1948-05-05

Bill Ward, Birmingham England, heavy metal drummer (Black Sabbath)

1948-09-13

Nell Carter, Birmingham Ala, actress (Nell-Gimme a Break, Lobo)

1948-10-29

Kate Jackson, Birmingham Ala, actress (Rookies, Charlie's Angels)

1948-12-03

Ozzy Osbourne, Aston, Birmingham, rock vocalist (Black Sabbath-Bark at the Moon)

1949-07-17

Geezer Butler, Birmingham, rocker (Black Sabbath)

1949-07-17

Terry "Geezer" Butler, Birmingham, rock bassist (Black Sabbath)

1950-10-14

Sheila Young Ochowicz, Birmingham Mich, speed skater (Oly-gold/sil-76)

1953-07-13

Gil Birmingham, Twilight

1955-01-19

Simon Rattle, England, orchestra conductor (Birmingham Symph Orch)

1957-01-28

Frank Skinner, Frank Skinner Live in Birmingham

1958-05-18

Toyah Wilcox, Birmingham England, rocker (I Want to Be Free)

1958-06-04

Julie Gholson, Birmingham Ala, actress (Where the Lilies Bloom)

1958-06-06

Elaine Crosby, Birmingham MI, LPGA golfer (1989 Mazda Japan Classic)

1958-06-22

Bruce Campbell, Birmingham, Michigan, American actor/producer/director (Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II)

1959-08-28

Mary Murphy, Birmingham MI, LPGA golfer (1990 US Women's Open-5th)

1960-09-07

David Steele, Birmingham, rock keyboardist (Fine Young Cannibals)

1960-10-12

Stephen Brent Lowery, Birmingham AL, PGA golfer (1994 Sprint)

1961-07-01

Carl Lewis [Frederick], Birmingham Alabama, sprinter and long jumper (Oly-9 gold-84-96)

1962-01-06

Philip Brown, Birmingham Engl, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1984)

1962-05-25

Amy Read, Birmingham MI, golfer (1994 Healthsouth Palm Beach-15th)

1962-08-19

Nancy Ramsbottom, Birmingham AL, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's-2nd)

1963-11-22

Corinne Russell, Birmingham England, comedienne (Benny Hill Show)

1964-06-15

Courteney Cox, Birmingham, Alabama, American actress (Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends)

1964-08-07

John Birmingham, Australian author

1965-02-26

Matt Jackson, Birmingham Mich, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Payless)

1966-03-15

Tonya Lewis Lee, The Watsons Go to Birmingham

1967-12-13

Mike Mordecai, Birmingham AL, infielder (Atlanta Braves)

1968-04-20

LeShundra Nathan, Birmingham Ala, heptathlete

1970-05-24

Nick Castaneda, Birmingham Ala, pairs skater (& Dawn Piepenbrink)

1973-11-26

John Zimmerman, Birmingham Ala, pairs skater (& Steigler)

1975-02-18

Scott Tucker, Birmingham Ala, 400m/800m freestyle relay (Olympics-96)

1975-06-09

Andrew Symonds, cricketer (Birmingham, brilliant Qld & Gloucs batsman)

1977-10-07

John Birmingham, Crazy Animal

1981-01-11

Jamelia Niela Davis, Birmingham, English singer

1987-06-16

Diana DeGarmo, Birmingham, Alabama, American singer

1991-04-13

Harrison Knight, The Watsons Go to Birmingham

2006-06-27

Rowan Birmingham, Rednecks

Birmingham - Notable Weddings

Colin PowellAug 25, 1962

Birmingham - Weddings
Date Event
1962-08-25

Retired general Colin Powell (25) weds audiologist Alma Johnson (24) at the First Congregational Church in Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham - Deaths
Date Event
1990-01-04

Alwyn Sheppard Fidler, Birmingham '64

1998-12-20

John English, Birmingham '64

2006-12-23

Johnny Vincent, English footballer for Birmingham City and Middlesbrough (b. 1947)

2016-06-11

Alex Govan, who gave Birmingham City their 'Keep right on' anthem, dies aged 86


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