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- April 9: The original business district of Anderson Court House, South Carolina, is destroyed by fire. Engulfing an entire block from the Waverly House on the north to the Benson house on the south, the mostly wooden structures, as well as most of their contents, are destroyed. Lost are town records on file at the office of J. P. Reed, the current Intendent and founder of Anderson's first newspaper, The Highland Sentinel. (Klosky, Beth Ann, "Six Miles That Changed The Course of The South", The Electric City Centennial Committee, Electric City Printing, Anderson, South Carolina, 1995, no ISBN, page 20.)
- December 6: Alpha Sigma Phi is founded at Yale University by Louis Manigault of Charleston, South Carolina, Stephen Ormsby Rhea of Louisiana, and Horace Spangler Wieser of Pennsylvania. With the Latin motto "Causa Latet Vis Est Notissima( The Cause Is Hidden The Results Well Known)", Alpha Sigma Phi prides itself on creating long lasting brotherhood, and better men.
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