On This Day

What Happened on March 3, 1861

Historical Events


RussiaEmancipation of the Serfs

Alexander II of Russia signs the Emancipation Manifesto, freeing serfs and granting them the full rights of free citizens [O.S. Feb 19]

Learn More
Peasants Reading the Emancipation Manifesto, an 1873 painting by Grigory Myasoyedov
Peasants Reading the Emancipation Manifesto, an 1873 painting by Grigory Myasoyedov
Learn More

1861 Highlights

About March 3, 1861

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 159 years, 10 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Pisces