On This Day

What Happened on January 2, 1861

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Colonel Charles Stone is put in charge of organizing DC militia
  • South Carolina seizes inactive Ft Johnson in Charleston Harbor

Famous Birthdays

  • Helen Herron Taft, 1st lady (1909-12)

Famous Deaths

  • Frederick William IV, King of Prussia (1840-61) and Germany (1849-61), dies at 65