On This Day

What Happened on December 26, 1862

Historical Events

  • 1st US navy hospital ship enters service
  • Battle of Dumfries begins in Virginia
  • Largest mass execution in US history: 38 Dakota men were executed via hanging in the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War in Mankato, Minnesota.

Famous Birthdays

  • Alexander Amfiteatrov, Russian-Italian journalist, newspaper editor, novelist, and historian, born in Kaluga, Russia (d. 1923)
1862 Highlights

About December 26, 1862

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 158 years, 11 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Capricorn