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 interestPerson of Interest

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

Famous Deaths

  • Barbara Britton, actress (Pamela-Mr & Mrs North), dies at 59