|Centuries:||18th century - 19th century - 20th century|
|Decades:|| 1830s 1840s 1850s - 1860s - 1870s 1880s 1890s
|Years:||1858 1859 1860 - 1861 - 1862 1863 1864|
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|Category: Establishments - Disestablishments|
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Events of 1861Edit
January - MarchEdit
- January 1 - Benito Juárez captures Mexico City
- January 2 - Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia dies and is succeeded by Wilhelm I.
- January 3 - American Civil War: Delaware votes not to secede from the Union.
- January 9 - Mississippi becomes the second state to secede from the Union, preceding the American Civil War.
- January 10 - American Civil War: Florida secedes from the Union.
- January 11 - American Civil War: Alabama secedes from the Union.
- January 18 - American Civil War: Georgia secedes from the Union.
- January 21 - American Civil War: Jefferson Davis resigns from the United States Senate.
- January 26 - American Civil War: Louisiana secedes from the Union.
- January 29 - Kansas is admitted as the 34th U.S. state.
- February 1 - American Civil War: Texas secedes from the Union.
- February 4 - American Civil War: In Montgomery the Confederate States of America is formed by delegates from six break-away United States.
- February 8 - American Civil War: The Confederate States of America are formed.
- February 9 - American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is elected the Provisional President of the Confederate States of America by the Confederate convention at Montgomery.
- February 11 - American Civil War: US House unanimously passes resolution guaranteeing non-interference with slavery in any state.
- February 13 - End of the Siege of Gaeta, last stronghold of the Neapolitan King Francis II, by Piedmontese forces. Francis goes into exile.
- February 18
- February 19 - Serfdom is abolished in Russia.
- February 23 - President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrives secretly in Washington after an assassination attempt in Baltimore.
- February 27 - A crowd in Warsaw protesting Russian rule over Poland is fired upon by Russian troops killing five protesters.
- February 28 - Colorado is organized as a United States territory.
- March 2 - Nevada is organized as a United States territory.
- March 3 - Formal emancipation of the serfs in Imperial Russia.
- March 4
- March 10 - El Hadj Umar Tall seizes the city of Segou, destroying the Bambara Empire of Mali.
- March 11 - American Civil War:The Constitution of the Confederate States of America is adopted.
- March 17 - Proclamation of the kingdom of Italy with Victor Emanuel II as its king.
- March 19 - First Taranaki War ends in New Zealand.
- March 20
- March 30 - Sir William Crookes announces his discovery of Thallium (see Discovery of the chemical elements).
April - JuneEdit
- April 12 - American Civil War begins at Fort Sumter, South Carolina.
- April 13 - Fort Sumter surrenders to Southern forces
- April 17 - The state of Virginia secedes from the Union.
- April 20 - American Civil War: Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia.
- April 25 - American Civil War: The Union Army arrives in Washington
- April 27 - American Civil War:
- May 6 - American Civil War: Arkansas secedes from the Union.
- May 7 - American Civil War: Tennessee secedes from the Union.
- May 8 - American Civil War: Richmond is named the capital of the Confederate States of America.
- May 13
- May 14 - The Canellas meteorite, an 859 gram chondrite type meteorite struck earth near Barcelona.
- May 20 - American Civil War: Kentucky proclaims its neutrality which will last until September 3 when Confederate forces enter the state. North Carolina secedes from the Union.
- June 9 - Lebanon separated from Syrian administration and reunited under Ottoman governor with the approval of European powers.
- June 15 - Benito Juárez formally elected president of Mexico; he temporarily stops the payments of foreign debt.
- June 25 - Abd-ul-Mejid, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1839-1861) dies and is succeeded by Abd-ul-Aziz (1861-1876).
July - SeptemberEdit
- July 1 - First issue of Vatican's newspaper L'Osservatore Romano was published.
- July 2 - Ivan Kasatkin lands on Hakodate and introduces the Eastern Orthodox church into Japan.
- July 13 - American Civil War: Battle of Corrick's Ford takes place in Western Virginia
- July 21 - American Civil War: First Battle of Bull Run - At Manassas Junction, the first major battle of the war begins (Confederate victory).
- July 25 - American Civil War: The Crittenden-Johnson Resolution is passed by the U.S. Congress stating that the war is being fought to preserve the Union and not to end slavery.
- July 26 - American Civil War: George B. McClellan assumes command of the Army of the Potomac following a disastrous Union defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run.
- August 5
- August 27 - Last execution in Britain for attempted murder - Martin Doyle in Chester.
- September 3 - American Civil War: Confederate General Leonidas Polk invades neutral Kentucky, prompting the state legislature to ask for Union assistance.
- September 6 - American Civil War: Forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant bloodlessly capture Paducah, which gives the Union control the mouth of the Tennessee River.
October - DecemberEdit
- October 9 - American Civil War: the Battle of Santa Rosa Island.
- October 21 - American Civil War: Battle of Ball's Bluff - Union forces under Colonel Edward Baker are defeated by Confederate troops in the second major battle of the war. Baker, a close friend of Abraham Lincoln, is killed in the fighting.
- October 24 - The HMS Warrior, the world's first ocean-going (all) iron-hulled armored battleship was completed and commissioned.
- October 28 -The Missouri legislature took up a bill for Missouri's secession from the Union.
- October 30 -The bill was passed for Missouri's secession from Union.
- October 31
- November 1 - American Civil War: US President Abraham Lincoln appoints George B. McClellan as commander of the Union Army, replacing the aged General Winfield Scott.
- November 2 - American Civil War: Western Department Union General John C. Fremont is relieved of command and replaced by David Hunter.
- November 6 - American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America.
- November 5 - First Racing of the Australian Melbourne Cup horse race.
- November 7 - American Civil War: Battle of Belmont - In Belmont, Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant overrun a Confederate camp but are forced to retreat when Confederate reinforcements arrive.
- November 8 - American Civil War: The "Trent Affair" - The USS San Jacinto stops the United Kingdom mail ship Trent and arrests two Confederate envoys, James Mason and John Slidell, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the UK and US.
- November 21 - American Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis appoints Judah Benjamin secretary of war.
- November 25 - A tenement collapses in the Old Town of Edinburgh and buries 50 - rescuers find 15 of them alive.
- November 28 - Acting on the ordinance passed by the Jackson government, the Confederate Congress admitted Missouri as the 12th confederate state.
- December 10 - American Civil War: Kentucky is accepted into the Confederate States of America.
- News of Henri Mouhot's discovery of Angkor Wat published.
- In Britain, the death penalty is limited to murder, high treason, espionage, piracy with violence and acts of arson perpetrated upon docks or ammunition depots.
- British Empire establishes bases in Lagos to stop the slave trade.
- Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management published.
- Estonian national epic Kalevipoeg is published.
|Gregorian calendar|| 1861 |
|Ab urbe condita||2614|
|Armenian calendar|| 1310 |
|Bahá'í calendar||17 – 18|
|Coptic calendar||1577 – 1578|
|Ethiopian calendar||1853 – 1854|
|Hebrew calendar||5621 – 5622|
|- Vikram Samvat||1916 – 1917|
|- Shaka Samvat||1783 – 1784|
|- Kali Yuga||4962 – 4963|
|Iranian calendar||1239 – 1240|
|Islamic calendar||1277 – 1278|
|Japanese calendar|| Man'en
— changed to —Bunkyū 1
|- Imperial Year|| Kōki 2521|
|Thai solar calendar||2404|
January - JuneEdit
- January 14 - Mehmed VI, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1926)
- January 30 - Charles Martin Loeffler, American composer (d. 1935)
- February 12 - Lou Andreas-Salome, Russian-born author (d. 1937)
- February 15 - Charles Edouard Guillaume, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1938)
- February 26 - King Ferdinand of Bulgaria (d. 1948)
- February 27 - Rudolf Steiner, Austrian philosopher (d. 1925)
- April 8 - Son, Korean nationalist (d. 1922)
- April 15 - Bliss Carman, Canadian poet (d. 1929)
- May 7 - Rabindranath Tagore, Indian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1941)
- May 11 - Frederick Russell Burnham, American Scout, father of international scouting movement (d. 1947)
- June 12 - William Attewell, English cricketer (d. 1927)
- June 19 - Doctor Jose Rizal, Philippine national hero (d. 1896)
- June 20 - Frederick Hopkins, English biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (d. 1947)
July - DecemberEdit
- September 10 - Niels Hansen Jacobsen, Danish sculptor and ceramist (d. 1941)
- September 23 - Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, British poet and novelist (d. 1907)
- September 30 - William Wrigley Jr., U.S. chewing gum industrialist (d. 1932)
- October 4 - Frederic S. Remington, cowboy artist and sculptor (d. 1909)
- October 16 - J. B. Bury, British historian (d. 1927)
- October 30 - Antoine Bourdelle, French sculptor (d. 1929)
- December 4 - Lillian Russell, American singer and vaudeville star (d. 1922)
- November 6 - James Naismith, Canadian inventor of basketball (d. 1939)
- December 8 - Georges Méliès, French film director (d. 1938)
- December 10 - Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian explorer, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1930)
- December 15 - Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, Prime Minister and President of Finland (d. 1944)
- December 16 - Antonio de La Gandara, French painter (d. 1917)
- December 20 - Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian painter (d. 1926)
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- See also 1861 births.
January - JuneEdit
- January 2 - Friedrich Wilhelm IV, King of Prussia (b. 1795)
- January 17 - Lola Montez, Irish-born dancer and mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria (b. 1821)
- April 15 - Isaiah Stillman, Major in the Black Hawk War (b. 1793)
- March 10 - Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian poet, nationalist, and founder of Ukrainian literature (b. 1814)
- May 29 - Joachim Lelewel, Polish nationalist historian (b. 1786)
- June 3 - Stephen A. Douglas, U.S. Senator from Illinois and Presidential candidate (b. 1813)
- June 25 - Abd-ul-Mejid, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1823)
- June 29 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet (b. 1806)
July - DecemberEdit
- July - Frances Longfellow, second wife of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- July 25 - Jonas Furrer, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1805)
- August 12 - Eliphalet Remington, gunsmith and founder of Remington Arms (b. 1793)
- August 17 - Alcée Louis la Branche, American Politician (b. 1806)
- August 24 - Pierre Berthier, French geologist (b. 1782)
- October 5 - Antoni Melchior Fijałkowski, Polish bishop (b. 1778)
- November 11 - King Pedro V of Portugal (b. 1837)
- December 14 - Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, husband of Queen Victoria (b. 1819)
People of the year 1861 at Familypedia
258 people were born in 1861
115 children were born to the 122 women born in 1861
122 people died in 1861
13180 people lived in 1861
Events of the year 1861 at FamilypediaEdit
215 people were married in 1861.
There were 0 military battles in 1861.
- See also 1861 deaths.
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