On This Day

What Happened on October 21, 1917

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • 1st Americans to see action on front lines of WWI: US troops enter front lines at Sommervillier under French command
  • Petrograds garrison accepts Revolutionary Military Committee

Famous Birthdays

  • [John Birks]"Dizzy" Gillespie, American jazz trumpeter, a creator of bebop & modern jazz (A Night In Tunisia), born in Cheraw, South Carolina; (d. 1993)

Famous Weddings

  • Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats (52) weds Georgie Hyde-Lees (25)