On This Day

What Happened on May 20, 1862

Historical Events

Historic Event

US President Abraham Lincoln signs into law the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for the settlement of the American West (80 million acres by 1900)

1862 Highlights

About May 20, 1862

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 159 years, 8 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Taurus