On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1980

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • A Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb prematurely detonates on a passenger train near Belfast, killing three and injuring five (including the bombers)
  • NASA launches Fltsatcom-3

Famous Birthdays

  • Gareth McLearnon, Northern Irish flautist
  • Kimberly Spicer, American model
  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian ballroom dancer

Person of interestZooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel, American actress (Almost Famous, New Girl), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • Barbara Britton [Brantingham], American actress (Captain Kidd, Young & Willing, Mr. and Mrs. North), dies of pancreatic cancer at 60