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- In 1886, Mark Bernard Hardin was elected a member of the Lyceum of Natural History of New York (which is now the New York Academy of Sciences), and became corresponding member of the same society in July, 1897. (The Oconeean, Volume Two, 1904, pages 6-7.)
- Henry Simms Hartzog graduates from the South Carolina Military Academy (renamed The Citadel in 1910.)
- May 31-June 1: Over a 36-hour period, all the Southern railroads convert from broad-gauge (5 feet between the rails) to standard gauge (4 feet, 8 1/2 inches), allowing easier interchange of rail equipment.
- June: Thomas Green Clemson is given an honorary degree from the South Carolina College.
- September: Greenville, South Carolina hires future Clemson College professor William S. Morrison as superintendent of schools.
- November 1: Thomas Green Clemson, signs his will.
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