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The state of Mississippi was named named for the Mississippi River whose name comes from the Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian word misi-ziibi meaning “great river or gathering of waters”.​​
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While on a hunting expedition with Mississippi Governor Andrew Longino near Onward in November of 1902, President Theodore ("Teddy") Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear that had been captured and tied to a tree. News of this spread across the country and a satirical cartoon of the event inspiring a Brooklyn candy shop owner to create a stuffed “Teddy’s Bear.” Teddy bears soon became the favorite stuffed toys for generations of kids all over the world


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Mississippi produces about 60% of America’s farm-raised catfish. The Mississippi Delta city of Belzoni, billed as the Catfish Capital of the World, has a catfish museum and hosts an annual catfish festival.
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Dr. James D. Hardy performed the world’s first human lung transplant at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson on June 11, 1963.
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The Blues music originated in the Mississippi Delta after the Civil War. Rooted in the songs sung by slaves working in the fields and African spirituals, the Blues offered an escape from oppression and a means of expression for many African Americans.
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Natchez was chosen as territorial capital after the U.S. Congress established the Mississippi Territory in 1798. The territorial capital then moved to Washington, Mississippi, a small town near Natchez, in 1802 after the Republican Party gained control when Thomas Jefferson was elected president in 1800. Natchez became capital again in 1817 when Mississippi was admitted to the U.S., though the first session of the state legislature actually met in Washington, Mississippi. The state legislature then selected Columbia as the temporary capital in 1821 until it chose an area of land near the center of the state to create a new city, Jackson, as the permanent state capital in 1822. Jackson was named after Andrew Jackson for his role in the Battle of New Orleans.

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When U.S. President James Monroe signed the act of Congress that admitted Mississippi to the Union in 1817, only the western half of the Mississippi Territory became Mississippi state. The eastern half formed the Alabama Territory. Alabama was later admitted to the Union in 1819.
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Jackson is one of only four cities of the world sanctioned by The International Theater-Dance Committee to host the International Ballet Competition. The other three include Moscow, Russia, Varna, Bulgaria and Helsinki, Finland.
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Friendship 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. This gesture became known as Decoration Day, the beginning of what we observe as Memorial Day.​
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Lumberton, Mississippi is the home to the world’s largest pecan nursery.​
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Greenwood, Mississippi is commonly called the “Cotton Capital of the World.”​
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Root Beer was invented in Biloxi, Mississippi, in 1898 by Edward Adolf Barq, Sr.​
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Football Hall of Famer Walter Payton was from Columbia, Mississippi. He was also the first football player on the Wheaties box.​
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In 1894, Coca-Cola was first bottled by Joseph A. Biedenharn in Vicksburg, Mississippi
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Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, on January 8, 1935.​
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The international Checkers Hall of Fame is in Petal, Mississippi
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Shoes were first sold as pairs in 1884 at Phil Gilbert’s Shoe Parlor in Vicksburg, Mississippi
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Jefferson Finis Davis, the only President of the ill-fated Confederate States of America, represented Mississippi in the United States Senate prior to becoming the President of the Confederacy.
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