What Happened on April 8, 1861

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • US mint at Dahlonega, Georgia, seized by confederacy (US Civil War)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Elisha Otis, American founder of the Otis Elevator Company and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails, dies of diphtheria at 50

Inventor and Elevator Industrialist Elisha Otis
Inventor and Elevator Industrialist
Elisha Otis