May 5 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2012: A fire damaged the Stadium Grill in Bessemer.
- 2011: Tuscaloosa mayor Walter Maddox established the Rebuild Tuscaloosa Task Force.
- 2007: We Love Homewood Day
- 2006: Birmingham Steeldogs 63 - Louisville Fire 60 at the BJCC Arena. Christian Throwback Jerseys were worn during pre-game as part of "Faith Night".
- 2001: Birmingham Steeldogs 60 - Lafayette Roughnecks 49 at Lafayette.
- 2000: Pensacola Barracudas 69 - Birmingham Steeldogs 42 at Pensacola.
- 1998: Abortion clinic bombing suspect Eric Robert Rudolph was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.
- 1996: The Olympic torch and rings and the letters "USA" were displayed on the sides of the Region Center in honor of the 1996 Olympic Games.
- 1985: Driver Bill Elliott set a race record with an average speed of 186.288 mph over the course of the Winston 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway.
- 1959: The Greater Birmingham Foundation was incorporated.
- 1953: Primary elections for statewide offices were held.
- 1944: Educator Jack Farr was born in Columbiana.
- 1942: Country singer Tammy Wynette was born in Itawamba County, Mississippi.
- 1934: The Birmingham Civic Symphonic Orchestra performed William Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony at Logan Hall at the Tuskegee Institute.
- 1933: A deadly tornado killed 14 people and demolished more than 100 buildings in Helena.
- 1910: 90 miners were killed in the 1910 Palos No. 3 Mine explosion.
- 1873: Voters in Jefferson County passed a referendum moving the county seat from Elyton to Birmingham.