On This Day

What Happened on October 8, 1917

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Leon Trotsky named chairman of the Petrograd Soviet as Bolsheviks gain control

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky

Famous Birthdays

  • Billy Conn, American boxer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • Danny Murtaugh, American baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • Hans Poser, German composer, born in Tannenbergsthal (d. 1970)
  • Walter Lord, American author (A Night to Remember), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2002)