On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1980

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

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
1980 Highlights

About January 17, 1980

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 9 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

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