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[Books] Publications:
  • Black Cloud, White Cloud: Two Novellas and Two Stories, by Ellen Douglas (Houghton).
  • My Brother Bill: An Affectionate Reminiscence, by John Faulkner (Trident Press).
  • The Civil War: A Narrative. Vol. 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian, history by Shelby Foote (Random House).
  • Sissie, a novel by John Alfred Williams (Farrar. Straus)
  • Lawd Today, a novel by Richard Wright (Avon).

[Birth] Donna Tartt born in Greenwood, Mississippi.

[Stage Play] January 16: Tennessee Williams play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore opens on Broadway. It closes after 69 performances.

[Death] January 6: Stark Young died in New York. He was buried in Friendship Cemetery in Como, Mississippi.

[Death] March 28: John Faulkner died in Oxford, Mississippi and was buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford. Because of disagreement over the spelling of his name, it is spelled “Falkner” on one side of the stone, “Faulkner” on the other, and “Fa(u)lkner” on the flat stone topping his grave.

[Death] June 12: Civil rights activist Medgar Evers was shot and killed by an assassin’s bullet in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi. The accused assassin, white supremacist Byron de La Beckwith, is tried twice over the next few years but each trial ends in mistrial as the all-white juries could not reach a verdict. He would finally be convicted for the crime more than 30 years after Evers’ death.
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