On This Day

What Happened on December 20, 1860

Slavery Divide Triggers America’s Civil War

Historical Events

  • South Carolina declared an "independent commonwealth" and secedes from the Union (US Civil War)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dan Leno [George Wild Galvin], English comedian & stage actor, born in Somers Town, London (d. 1904)
1860 Highlights

About December 20, 1860

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 160 years, 9 months and 24 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Sagittarius