50 Fast Facts
- In 1963
the University of Mississippi Medical
Center accomplished the world's first
human lung transplant and, on January
23, 1964, Dr. James D. Hardy performed
the world's first heart transplant surgery.
Condensed Milk was first canned in Liberty.
1902 while on a hunting expedition in
Sharkey County, President Theodore (Teddy)
Roosevelt refused to shoot a captured
bear. This act resulted in the creation
of the world-famous teddy bear.
world's largest shrimp is on display
at the Old Spanish Fort Museum in Pascagoula.
first bottle of Dr. Tichener's Antiseptic
was produced in Liberty.
world's largest cactus plantation is
Presley was born in Tupelo, on January
Merrill from Luka performed the world's
first round trip trans-oceanic flight
1884 the concept of selling shoes in
boxes in pairs (right foot and left
foot) occurred in Vicksburg at Phil
Gilbert's Shoe Parlor on Washington
first female rural mail carrier in the
United States was Mrs. Mamie Thomas.
She delivered mail by buggy to the area
southeast of Vicksburg in 1914.
Jefferson College, circa 1802, was the
first preparatory school established
in the Mississippi Territory. Located
in Washington the educational institution
is also the site where tradition holds
Aaron Burr was arraigned for treason
in 1807, beneath what became known as
Grant Still of Woodville composed the
Shelton Mathews of Hazelhurst was the
first woman federal judge in the United
States and served in Washington, the
District of Columbia.
Emmette F. Izard of Hazelhurst developed
the first fibers of rayon. They became
known as the first real synthetics.
first nuclear submarine built in the
south was produced in Mississippi.
1871 Liberty became the first town in
the United States to erect a Confederate
was the first state in the nation to
have a planned system of junior colleges.
Price of Laurel performed with the New
York Metropolitan Opera.
is the birthplace of the Order of the
rarest of North American cranes lives
in Mississippi in the grassy savannas
of Jackson County. The Mississippi Sandhill
Crane stands about 44 inches tall and
has an eight-foot wingspan.
Bush of Tupelo was one of the most valuable
players with the Chicago Cubs. He was
on the 1929 World Series team and Babe
Ruth hit his last home run off a ball
pitched by Bush.
Sam Vick of Oakland played for the New
York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
He was the only man ever to pinch hit
for the baseball great Babe Ruth.
Flyer, Inc. in West Point is proclaimed
to make the very best snow sled in the
United States, which became an American
tradition. It is called The Flexible
Cemetery in Columbus has been called
Where Flowers Healed a Nation. It was
April 25, 1866, and the Civil War had
been over for a year when the ladies
of Columbus decided to decorate both
Confederate and Union soldiers' graves
with beautiful bouquets and garlands
of flowers. As a direct result of this
kind gesture, Americans celebrate what
has come to be called Memorial Day each
year, an annual observance of recognition
of war dead.
largest Bible-binding plant in the nation
is Norris Bookbinding Company in Greenwood.
the Civil War, famed hat maker John
B. Stetson learned and practiced his
trade at Dunn's Falls near Meridian.
1834 Captain Isaac Ross, whose plantation
was in Lorman, freed his slaves and
arranged for them to be sent to Africa,
where they founded the country of Liberia.
Recently, representatives of Liberia
visited Lorman and placed a stone at
the Captain's grave site in honor of
world's largest cottonwood tree plantation
is in Issaquena County.
Harrison of Columbus owns the patent
on the Soft Toilet Seat. Over 1,000,000
are sold every year.
first football player on a Wheaties
box was Walter Payton of Columbia.
is the home of Cotton Row, which is
the second largest cotton exchange in
the nation and is on the National Register
of Historic Places.
oldest game in America is stickball.
The Choctaw Indians of Mississippi played
the game. Demonstrations can be seen
every July at the Choctaw Indian Fair
International Checkers Hall of Fame
is in Petal.
was settled by the French in 1716 and
is the oldest permanent settlement on
the Mississippi River. Natchez once
had 500 millionaires, more than any
other city except New York City.
now has more than 500 buildings that
are on the National Register of Historic
Natchez Trace Parkway, named an All
American Road by the federal government,
extends from Natchez to just south of
Nashville, Tennessee. The Trace began
as an Indian trail more than 8,000 years
Vicksburg National Cemetery is the second
largest national cemetery in the country.
Arlington National Cemetery is the largest.
was featured in "Life Magazine" for
sending proportionally more men to serve
in World War II than any other town
of its size. 38 percent of the men who
lived in D'Lo served.
suffered the largest percentage of people
who died in the Civil War of any Confederate
State. 78,000 Mississippians entered
the Confederate military. By the end
of the war 59,000 were either dead or
Sol was invented in 1929 by Jackson
native Harry A. Cole, Sr.
world's largest pecan nursery is in
is called the Cotton Capital of the
is called the Catfish Capital of the
is called the Sweet Potato Capital of
is called the Towboat Capital of the
beer was invented in Biloxi in 1898
by Edward Adolf Barq, Sr.
Mississippi's 82 counties, Yazoo County
is the largest and Alcorn County is
Mississippi River is the largest in
the United States and is the nation's
chief waterway. Its nickname is Old
Vicksburg, the United States Army Corps
of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station
is the world's largest hydraulic research
- At Pascagoula
the Ingalls Division of Litton Industries
uses leading-edge construction techniques
to build the United State Navy's most
sophisticated ships. At the state's
eight research centers programs are
under way in acoustics, polymer science,
electricity, microelectronics, hydrodynamics,
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