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, American First lady (1909-13) as wife of President William Howard Taft, planted Washington's cherry trees, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1943)
Born in 1861

Famous Deaths

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

About January 2, 1861

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 162 years, 2 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Capricorn