On This Day

What Happened on May 16, 1861

Historical Events

  • Confederate government offers war volunteers $10 premium
  • Kentucky proclaims its neutrality
  • Major General Twiggs surrenders to Confederate Army in San Antonio, Texas (US Civil War)

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestH. H. Holmes

H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], American serial killer associated with 27 deaths, born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire (d. 1896)

Serial Killer H. H. Holmes
Serial Killer
H. H. Holmes

1861 Highlights

About May 16, 1861

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 159 years, 6 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Taurus