On This Day

What Happened on December 20, 1917

Historical Events

  • A second nationwide referendum on military conscription is rejected by the Australian public

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Cheka formed - Soviet state security force and forerunner to the KGB, under Felix Dzerzhinsky after decree by Lenin

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin

Famous Birthdays

  • Audrey Totter, American actress (Carpetbaggers, Set-Up, The Unsuspected), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • David Bohm, American physicist, philosopher, and neuropsychologist, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)

Famous Deaths

  • Lucien Petit-Breton, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1907-8), dies in a road accident at 35
1917 Highlights

About December 20, 1917

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 102 years, 11 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Sagittarius