On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1972

Historical Events

  • "My Hang-Up Is You" single released by Freddie Hart (Billboard Song of the Year 1972)
  • Section of Memphis' Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard
  • Seven men who were held as internees escape from the prison ship HMS Maidstone in Belfast Lough, North Ireland

Famous Birthdays

  • Benno Fürmann, German actor, born in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
  • Ken Hirai, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Higashi-osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Stéphane Escoms, French jazz keyboard and accordion player, born in France
  • Wendall Gaines, American NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Vernon, Texas

Famous Deaths

  • Betty Smith, American novelist (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), dies at 75
  • Rochelle Hudson, American actress (Les Misérables, Imitation of Life, That's My Boy), dies from pneumonia at 55
1972 Highlights

About January 17, 1972

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 9 months and 10 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Capricorn