On This Day

What Happened on May 20, 1861

Historical Events

  • Cornerstone of University of Washington laid in Seattle
  • Kentucky proclaims its neutrality in Civil War
  • North Carolina becomes 11th and last state to secede from the Union
  • US Marshals, in search of secessionist evidence, seize the previous year's telegraph dispatches
1861 Highlights

About May 20, 1861

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 160 years, 8 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Taurus