On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1977

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, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Schiedam, Netherlands
  • Kevin Thorn, American professional wrestler, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Leigh Whannell, Australian screenwriter & actor, born in Melbourne, Australia

Famous Deaths

  • Gary Gilmore, American murderer executed in Utah at 36, 1st US execution since 1967
1977 Highlights

About January 17, 1977

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 10 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Capricorn