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    Florida's orange crop is threatened by a cold snap that sends temperatures down to 16 degrees.

    Late frosts inflict considerable damage to the fruit and vegetable crops in Central and Southern Mississippi. Farmers brace themselves to lose up to 35% of their crop.

    Jonathan Railroad engineer Jonathan "Casey" Jones of Jackson, Tennessee is killed in Vaughn, Mississippi during a collision on the Illinois Central Railroad. The fatal mishap is linked to Jones' inability to read signal lights in a dense fog as he engineered the Cannonball Express. Jones' plight would be detailed in the famous song "The Ballad of Casey Jones."

    Racial unrest erupts in Raleigh, North Carolina over an attempt by state Democrats to take away from African Americans the right to vote.

    Race riots in New Orleans lead to the destruction of scores of African American schools and homes.

    Brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright conduct flight experiments at Kittyhawk, North Carolina.

    Lack of seating space forces Atlanta public schools to turn away some 400 students.

    In Atlanta a controversy erupts when members of the Grand Army of the Republic protest the use of school books that show the Federal government in a bad light and include a history of the Civil War sympathetic to the Confederate cause.

    John Fitzgerald of Boston and George White of North Carolina announce the end of their respective congressional careers.

    The first overseas telephone call is made between Key West, Florida and Havana, Cuba.

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