On This Day

What Happened on October 12, 1860

Historical Events

  • British & French troops capture Beijing

Famous Birthdays

  • Elmer Ambrose Sperry, American entrepreneur and inventor (gyrocompass), born in Cincinnatus, New York (d. 1930)

Famous Deaths

  • Harry Smith, English military commander and leader of British-Indian forces (Battle of Aliwal), dies at 73
1860 Highlights

About October 12, 1860

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 159 years, 9 months and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Libra