September 17 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2012: 2012 Ardell plane crash in Cullman County.
- 2008: Lakendall Sims was re-captured after escaping from the Jefferson County Courthouse Bessemer Division a day earlier.
- 2007: The Fairfield City Council voted to revert "Richard Scrushy Parkway" back to Lloyd Noland Parkway.
- 2006: Harpersville Garden of Memories was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
- 2006: Po Monkey played as part of the Phelan Park Music Series.
- 2005: Haleigh Stidham was crowned the 2006 "Miss Alabama USA" at Samford University.
- 2005: Freshman running back Glen Coffee amassed a season-high 75 yards for the Crimson Tide against South Carolina.
- 1994: Heather Whitestone was crowned Miss America.
- 1971: Hugo Black resigned from the Supreme Court of the United States.
- 1952: Western High School opened.
- 1940: President Franklin Roosevelt attended the funeral of William Bankhead in Jasper.
 Births and deaths
- 2010: Organist and Samford University professor Ted Tibbs died.
- 2001: Baseball player Bubba Church died.
- 1990: 2013 Birmingham Barons infielder Marcus Semien was born in San Francisco, California.
- 1938: Painter Larry Connatser was born in Birmingham.
- 1885: Hueytown High School principal Harley Gilmore was born in Jefferson County.
- 1802: Attorney and State Assemblyman Robert Jemison, Jr was born in Lincoln County, Georgia.