Mississippi - Fast Facts & Trivia

Mammy's Cupboard Restaurant, a restaurant in Natchez, Mississippi

  • In 1963, the University of Mississippi Medical Center performed the world's first human lung transplant, and on January 23, 1964, Dr. Ing. James D. Hardy the world's first heart transplant through.

  • Bordens condensed milk was first preserved in Liberty.

  • In 1902, President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt refused to shoot a trapped bear during a hunting trip to Sharkey County. This act led to the creation of the world famous teddy bear.

  • The largest shrimp in the world is displayed at the Old Spanish Fort Museum in Pascagoula.

  • The first bottle of dr. Tichener's antiseptic was manufactured in Liberty.

  • The world's largest cactus plantation is located in Edwards.

  • Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo.

  • H. T. Merrill from Luka 1928 carried out the world's first trans-oceanic return flight.

  • In 1884, at Vicksburg in Phil Gilbert's Shoe Parlor on Washington Street, the pair of pairs of shoes were sold in pairs (right foot and left foot).

  • The first female post office in the United States was Ms. Mamie Thomas. She brought mail with the buggy in 1914 in the area southeast of Vicksburg.

  • Historic Jefferson College, circa 1802, was the first preparatory school in the Mississippi Territory. The school is located in Washington and is also the place where tradition holds. Aaron Burr was charged with treason in 1807 under the name of Burr Oaks.

  • William Grant Still from Woodville composed the African American Symphony.

  • Burnita Shelton Mathews of Hazelhurst was the first woman federal judge in the United States and served in Washington, the District of Columbia.

  • Dr. Emmette F. Izard of Hazelhurst developed the first rayon fibers. They became known as the first real synthetics.

  • The first nuclear submarine built in the south was manufactured in Mississippi.

  • In 1871, Liberty became the first city in the United States to build a Confederate monument.

  • Mississippi was the first state in the nation to have a planned system of junior colleges.

  • Leontyne Price of Laurel played with the New York Metropolitan Opera.

  • Mississippi is the birthplace of the Order of the Eastern Star.

  • The rarest North American cranes live in Mississippi in the grassy savannahs of Jackson County. The Mississippi Sandhill Crane is about 44 inches tall and has an eight-foot wingspan.

  • Guy Bush of Tupelo was one of the most valued players in the Chicago Cubs. He was in the 1929 World Series team and Babe Ruth met his last home run from a ball from Bush.

  • S. B. Sam Vick of Oakland played for the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. He was the only man ever met for the great baseball babe Ruth.

  • Blazon-Flexible Flyer, Inc. at West Point is announced to make the very best snow sledge in the United States, which became an American tradition. It's called the flexible flyer.

  • The Friendship Cemetery in Columbus is called Where Flowers Healed a Nation. It was April 25, 1866, and the Civil War was over for a year when the ladies of Columbus decided to decorate the tombs of Confederates and Union soldiers with beautiful bouquets and flower garlands. As a direct result of this friendly gesture, Americans celebrate each year, what is today called Memorial Day, an annual recognition of the recognition of war dead.

  • The nation's largest bible binder is Norris Bookbinding Company in Greenwood.

  • After the Civil War, the famous hatter John B. Stetson learned his trade at Dunn's Falls near Meridian.

  • In 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 Lorman visited and placed a stone on the tomb of the captain in honor of his kindness.

  • The largest poplar plantation in the world is in Issaquena County.

  • David Harrison of Columbus owns the patent for the soft-toilet seat. More than 1,000,000 are sold every year.

  • The first football player on a Wheaties box was Walter Payton from Columbia.

  • Greenwood is home to Cotton Row, the second largest cotton boutique in the US, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • The 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 in Philadelphia.

  • The International Checkers Hall of Fame is located in Petal.

  • Natchez was settled by the French in 1716 and is the oldest permanent settlement on the Mississippi. Natchez once had 500 millionaires, more than any other city except New York City.

  • Natchez now has more than 500 buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • The Natchez Trace Parkway, designated by the federal government as "All American Road", stretches from Natchez to just south of Nashville, Tennessee. The trace started more than 8,000 years ago as an Indian path.

  • The Vicksburg National Cemetery is the second largest national cemetery in the country. Arlington National Cemetery is the largest.

  • D'Lo was featured in "Life Magazine" because he sent proportionately more men to serve in World War II than any other city of its size. 38 percent of the men who lived in D'Lo served.

  • Mississippi suffered the largest percentage of people who died in civil war in a Confederate state. 78,000 Mississippi entered the Confederate military. At the end of the war, 59,000 were either dead or wounded.

  • Pine Sol was invented in 1929 by the Jackson native Harry A. Cole, Sr.

  • The world's largest pecan nursery is located in Lumberton.

  • Greenwood is called the cotton capital of the world.

  • Belzoni is called the catfish capital of the world.

  • Vardaman is called the capital of sweet potato in the world.

  • Greenville is called the towboat capital of the world.

  • Root beer was invented in 1898 in Biloxi by Edward Adolf Barq, Sr.

  • Of Mississippi's 82 counties, Yazoo County is the largest and Alcorn County is the smallest.

  • The Mississippi River is the largest in the United States and the nation's major waterway. His nickname is Old Man River.

  • In Vicksburg, the experimental station of the United States Army Corps of Engineers Waterways is the largest hydraulic research laboratory in the world.

  • In Pascagoula, Ingts Division of Litton Industries uses state-of-the-art construction techniques to build the most advanced ships in the United States Navy. The country's eight research centers run programs in the fields of acoustics, polymer science, electricity, microelectronics, hydrodynamics and oceanography

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