On This Day

What Happened on October 21, 1969

Historical Events

  • Bloodless coup in Somalia (National Day)

Election of Interest

German statesman Willy Brandt is elected chancellor of West Germany (1969-1974)

  • Leonard Gersh's "Butterflies are Free" premieres in NYC
  • Maj Gen Mohamed Siad Barre becomes President of Somali

Famous Birthdays

  • Mo Lewis, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Famous Deaths

Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac, American writer (Doctor Sax, On the Road), dies at 47

  • Oscar "TV Slim" Wills, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Flatfoot Sam"), dies in a car wreck at 53
  • Waclaw Sierpinski, Polish mathematician (Sierpinski triangle), dies at 87
1969 Highlights

About October 21, 1969

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 52 years, 3 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Libra