January 31 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2009: Cobb Lane Restaurant closed after 61 years in business.
- 1954: Patton Chapel Baptist Church was established.
 Births and deaths
- 2005: Susie the elephant died at the Birmingham Zoo at age 55.
- 1958: Birmingham Barons manager Rafael Santana was born.
- 1948: Football player Mike Kolen was born in Opelika.
- 1946: UA Chancellor Malcolm Portera was born in West Point, Mississippi.
- 1944: Nurse Barbara Maxwell was born.
- 1943: Auburn Tigers swimming coach Richard Quick was born in Akron, Ohio.
- 1913: Football hall of famer Don Hutson was born.
- 1902: Actress Tallulah Bankhead was born in Huntsville.
- 1894: Birmingham Barons player Stuffy Stewart was born.
- 1869: Temple Emanu-El's Rabbi Morris Newfield was born in Hungary.