On This Day

What Happened on October 8, 1917

Historical Events

Historic Event

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 infielder and manager (World Series 1960, 71; 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)
1917 Highlights

About October 8, 1917

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 104 years and 16 days
Leap Year: No

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