From February 23, 1860 till March 14, 1861 the Netherlands had a cabinet Van Hall - Van Heemstra with the prime ministers Mr. F.A. baron Van Hall (conservatief-liberaal) and Mr. S. baron Van Heemstra (liberaal).
From March 14, 1861 till January 31, 1862 the Netherlands had a cabinet Van Zuijlen van Nijevelt - Loudon with the prime ministers Mr. J.P.P. baron Van Zuijlen van Nijevelt (conservatief-liberaal) and Mr. J. Loudon (liberaal).
The Netherlands had about 4 million citizens.
The First Transcontinental Telegraph line across the United States is completed, spelling the end for the 18-month-old Pony Express.
Alabama secedes from the United States.
American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America.
The temperature on July 20, 1861 was about 21.5 °C. The air pressure was 0.5 kgf/m2 and came mainly from the south-southwest. The airpressure was 76 cm mercury. The atmospheric humidity was 56%.
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