Events occurring on Friday, October 21, 1938  
  The Japanese-Chinese Conflict  
  Facing little resistance the Japanese army seized control of Canton. The Japanese had been bombing the city by air for several months and most of the inhabitants had already fled. The capture of Canton allowed the Japanese to cut off the Canton-Hankow Railway, which was the most important rail line for the transportation of foreign military imports into the interior.  
   
  Czechoslovakia Before WW2  
  The Czecho-Slovak government terminated its alliance with the Soviet Union. This action was taken because of pressure from Germany.  
   
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The destroyer HMS Gurkha (F 20) was commissioned. Her first commander was Commander Frederick R. Parham.  
   
  The Canadian minesweeper HMCS Gaspe (J 94) was commissioned.  
     
   
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