What Happened on January 17, 1980

Historical Events

  • NASA launches Fltsatcom-3
  • Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb prematurely detonates on a passenger train near Belfast, kills three and injuring five (including the bombers)
  • Roger Sessions' 9th Symphony, his last, premieres in Syracuse, New York with Christopher Keene conducting the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
1980 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Gareth McLearnon, Northern Irish flautist, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Kimberly Spicer, American model, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian ballroom dancer, born in Odessa, Ukraine

Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel (43 years old)

American actress (Almost Famous; Elf; New Girl), and singer (She & Him), born in Los Angeles, California

Born in 1980

Famous Deaths

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

About January 17, 1980

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 4 months and 21 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Rock With You - Michael Jackson
  • UK #1 Song: Brass In Pocket - The Pretenders