What Happened on October 21, 1969

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Bloodless coup in Somalia (National Day)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

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

Famous Birthdays

  • John McMullen, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 NCAA-15th), born in Santa Rosa, California
  • Mo Lewis, American football player
  • Mo Lewis, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)

Famous Deaths

Person of interestJack Kerouac

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

Writer Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac
  • Waclaw Sierpinski, Polish mathematician (Sierpinski triangle), dies at 87