On This Day

What Happened on April 8, 1861

Historical Events

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

Famous Deaths


Person of interestElisha Otis

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

1861 Highlights

About April 8, 1861

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 159 years, 2 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Aries