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 NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Atlanta, Georgia

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