On This Day

What Happened on January 2, 1861

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) & Germany (1849-61), dies at 65
1861 Highlights

About January 2, 1861

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 159 years, 9 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Capricorn