On This Day

What Happened on August 6, 1861

Historical Events

  • Lexington, Kentucky - Union military camp forms in neutral state
  • The British annex Lagos, Nigeria
  • US Congress passes First Confiscation Act

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestEdith Roosevelt

Edith Roosevelt [Carrow], US First Lady and wife of Teddy Roosevelt, born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1948)

US First Lady Edith Roosevelt
US First Lady
Edith Roosevelt

1861 Highlights

About August 6, 1861

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 159 years, 3 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Leo