On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1977

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, convicted of murder
  • KC releases Tommy Davis, ends an 18-year career with 10 teams
  • NFL Pro Bowl, Seattle Kingdome: AFC beats NFC, 24-14; MVP: Mel Blount, Pittsburgh Steelers, CB
  • Zaire president Mobutu visits Belgium

Famous Birthdays

  • Ali el Kattabi, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Kevin Fertig, American professional wrestler
  • Leigh Whannell, Australian screenwriter/actor

Famous Deaths

  • Gary Gilmore, American murderer executed in Utah at 36, 1st US execution since 1967