December 16 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2008: Fire heavily damaged the former Bibb County Junior High School in Centreville.
- 2005: Grocer J. D. Hill, Jr died.
- 2003: Margaret Tutwiler became Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U. S. State Department.
- 2000: Eleven people were killed by the 2000 Tuscaloosa tornado.
- 1999: Pelham Prowlers won 7-5 at Jacksonville Hammerheads.
- 1996: Attorney and former Birmingham City Council member Arthur Shores died.
- 1989: Circuit Court Judge Robert Vance was killed by a mail bomb.
- 1987: 2011 Birmingham Barons pitcher Hector Santiago was born in Newark, New Jersey.
- 1944: Labor leader Asa Trammell was wounded in action in Europe during World War II.
- 1940: Alabama legislator John Rogers was born.
- 1921: Birmingham Black Barons star Frank Evans was born in Linden, Marengo County.
- 1907: 57 miners were killed in the 1907 Yolande Mine explosion.
- 1899: Artist and civic activist Eleanor Bridges was born in Columbus, Georgia.
- 1875: Alabama A&M College was established.
- 1864: Buffalo Rock founder Sid Lee was born in Monroe County, Mississippi.
- 1864: Major Edmund Rucker was wounded and captured by Union forces at the Battle of Nashville.
- 1847: Reuben Chapman succeeded Joshua L. Martin as Governor of Alabama.