On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1972

Day of the Week: Monday

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
  • Ken Hirai, Japanese singer and songwriter
  • Rohn Meyer, CFL offensive linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Wendall Gaines, NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals)

Famous Deaths

  • Betty Smith, American writer and singer (b. 1896)
  • Rochelle Hudson, American actress (Les Misérables, Imitation of Life, That's My Boy), dies from pneumonia at 55