On This Day

What Happened on February 12, 1861

Historical Events

  • State troops seize US munitions in Napoleon, Arkansas, during the US Civil War

Famous Birthdays

  • Jim McLaughlin, American Hall of Fame thoroughbred jockey (Kentucky Derby 1881, Preakness Stakes 1885, 6 x Belmont Stakes), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1927)
  • Lou [Andreas-]Salome, Russian German author (Im Kampf um Gott)

Famous Deaths

  • Hippolyte-André-Baptiste Chélard, French violist, composer and conductor, dies at 72
1861 Highlights

About February 12, 1861

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 160 years, 11 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Aquarius