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

H. H. Holmes

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

1861 Highlights

About May 16, 1861

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 160 years, 6 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Taurus