On This Day

What Happened on December 20, 1917

Historical Events

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

Historic Event

Cheka formed - Soviet state security force and forerunner to the KGB, under Felix Dzerzhinsky after decree by 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? 103 years, 11 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Sagittarius