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O'Brien's Opera House
Just one of scores of Birmingham theaters to meet the wrecking ball
In 1878, future Jefferson County sheriff and Birmingham mayor, Frank O'Brien, bought 125 feet of frontage at the nor...
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Tell us something we DON'T know--

Win a discounted ticket and help us get ready for the Birmingham history quiz show, Can You Repeat That? Aug. 7!

John Morse, publisher of bhamwiki.comMuch of the rock-solid historical information you'll be absorbing at the History Center's upcoming quiz show (really, all of it), has been mined from the website bhamwiki.com and then ruthlessly tested for accuracy by the History Center and double-verified by bhamwiki's publisher, Birmingham infomaniac John Morse (pictured here). 

There is very little information of significance about Birmingham that has escaped mention in Morse's online encyclopedia. But our dogged pursuit of historic truth requires that we admit the possibility of an oversight. If you can tell us a significant fact or story of about Birmingham that has not yet appeared in bhamwiki.com, send your reply to bjhm@bham.rr.com for a chance at a discounted* ticket to Can You Repeat That? at the Virginia Samford Theatre Aug. 7!

Disclaimer - We are the final arbiters of "significance." Regular general admission tickets are $25 and available now on this website. Discounts starts at 20%.     
 
SURVEY ANSWERS
See your answers to CAN YOU REPEAT THAT?
 









In June and July, more than 300 people answered survey questions about Birmingham and its history for our game show, Can You Repeat That? We covered the top five at the show; Here, week by week, we will publish the results of the other questions.

Out of 278 responses, 198 of them named former Jefferson County Commissioner and Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford (or some close version of his name), followed by former Gov. Don Siegelman (13), and another former commissioner, and father of one of the four 16th Street Baptist Church bombing victims, Chris McNair (6). The remaining answers fall into smaller groups. 

Seventeen people ended up in prison for corrupt dealings that flowed from a multi-billion-dollar sewer project. As one respondant answered, "Larry, Gary (White) and not Mary (Buckelew, the former commissioner who pled guilty and avoided jail time.) 

 
Can You Repeat That?
Even if you weren't there, say you were!
Souvenir posters benefit BHC
 
$12 gets you a
silkscreened edition
of the coveted
Yellowhammer Creative
poster commemorating
the historic show!

Buy one to remember
the event, if you were
there. If you weren't,
buy one to pretend you were!

Either way, proceeds benefit
the Birmingham History Center.  Call 205-202-4146 to purchase.
The latest from 1807 Blog Avenue

Where were YOU when you saw the Beatles' perform live on The Ed Sullivan Show in front of 73 million Americans? 

Not Birmingham!  

No media outlet was without a tribute
or retrospective in the lead-up to the
50th anniversary of the Beatles' first
performance on American live
television. But personal accounts
from the state's largest city were
strangely absent. Wasn't there
anyone in Birmingham on that day in
1964 who can remember the TV
moment when Ed Sullivan gestured to
the band's wildly anticipated performance and announced:
“Ladies and Gentlemen, the Beatles?”

Click here to read the article.
 
A current event
This building on 18th Street North is being gutted and remodeled for a a new restaurant with a familiar name--especially to those from Homewood.
 




Just a stone's
throw from
the Lyric Theatre
on 18th
Street,
this once-vacant
building
is being
remodeled
for a live/work
space that will
house a
restaurant
on
the ground floor.
 
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