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1778 1st American military court martial trial begins, Cambridge MA 1783 Hostilities cease in Revolutionary War 1785 Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Island), no takers 1788 Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah GA 1868 Florida constitutional convention meets in Tallahassee 1869 Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes 1st woman to testify before Congress 1870 Hiram R Revels elected to fill unexpired term of Jefferson Davis 1887 US Senate approves the naval base lease of Pearl Harbor 1892 1st basketball game played (Massachusetts) 1921 British submarine K5 leaves with man & mouse 1929 1st feature talking motion picture taken outdoors, “In Old Arizona” 1930 1st radio broadcast of “Lone Ranger” (WXYZ-Detroit) 1937 1st Inauguration day on Jan 20th, (held every 4th years thereafter) 1939 Hitler proclaims to German parliament to exterminate all European Jews 1949 J Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen 1953 1st live coast-to-coast inauguration address (Eisenhower) 1953 1st US telecast transmitted to Canada-from Buffalo NY 1969 Richard M Nixon inaugurated as President 1980 President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow 1981 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days freed 1981 Ronald Reagan inaugurated as President 1986 1st federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr 1989 Bush inaugurated as 41st President & Quayle becomes 44th Vice President 1989 Reagan becomes 1st President elected in a “0” year, since 1840, to leave office alive 1993 Bill Clinton inaugurated as 42nd President 1997 Comet Hale-Bopp crosses Mars’ orbit 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in New Orleans LA on KKND 106.7 FM]]]]> ]]>

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Find a gold ticket, have a chance to win a candy factory

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David Klein, aka the Candyman, is giving away a candy factory

Lovers of puzzles and jellybeans have a chance to win their very own candy factory.

David Klein, affectionately known as The Candyman, is excited to announce a worldwide treasure hunt. Klein, the founder of The Jelly Belly jellybeans and Tricky Treasures, is getting ready to retire, but not before he has some fun and not before he gives back to everyone who loves the candy industry like he does.

David and his partner have started going across the U.S. hiding gold tickets in the form of necklaces in places they come across with an interesting story. Plans are to have multiple treasure hunts for these gold tickets in each state. You can join one of their treasure hunts which are launching right now at www.TheGoldTicket.com.

The biggest and best part of these treasure hunts is that anyone who joins at least one treasure hunt, will be eligible to search for The Ultimate Treasure: the key to one of his candy factories and an all-expense paid trip and education to a candy-making university. He will add this treasure hunt after all the states have had a chance to play. Each treasure hunt is valued at $5,000 and cost is only $49.99 to enter a hunt. Each treasure hunt has a strict limit of 1,000 participants, no exceptions.

“With The Gold Ticket Treasure hunt, our goal is to get people out and about with their families. Grandma and Grandpa can even join with the kids and grandkids,” Klein said in a release. “Take videos of your treasure hunt experiences for possible inclusion in our upcoming series.”

Please go to www.TheGoldTicket.com and watch David’s documentary, “Candyman The David Klein Story,” for free and be inspired. Also, join the Facebook page for more information. The Gold Ticket Treasure Hunt would be a GREAT gift this holiday season. Join David on this Willy Wonka® fantastical journey across America and see if you can find one of his elusive gold tickets.

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Share your opinion! Below are ten options for the new Mississippi state flag. Nine are contenders to be chosen by the Mississippi Legislature in Sept, and one is just a staff favorite here at Vicksburg Daily News. Let us know what you think!

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Booze Fairies are ‘dusting’ Vicksburg with the joy of giving

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In a time when most of us could use some good news and something to make us smile, a group on Facebook is doing just that.

Booze Fairies of Vicksburg is made up of women in the area who just want to make someone’s day a little better.

Women who sign up in the private group make a short list of the kinds of little things that would make them happy—a favorite cocktail, snack, or other little tidbits. Other women in the group can choose one or more people to make happy, whether it’s women they know or random strangers in their neighborhood. The women put together baskets or boxes with goodies and deliver them to other members. How much to spend is completely up to the giver, who can remain anonymous or not.

Think of it like a big game of Secret Santa, only for the times of COVID-19.

“There are no rules,” said member Heather Williams. “just go make somebody happy.”

Williams, who taught elementary school at the Sherman Avenue School for 25 years, said she’s delivered four baskets so far, two to women she knows and two others to strangers. Everything she bought was from the Dollar Tree store. She just made sure it was fun.

She used glittery party hats for her baskets, then added balloons, a pair of sunglasses, candy and crackers. Just little things, she said.

“It’s nice to get them,” she said, “and actually, it’s fun to go deliver, too. … You wouldn’t believe how much fun that is.”

After women get “dusted” or “boozed,” they will put up a photo of their goodies on the group page.

“You get to show it off,” Williams said. “It’s just neat. I thought it was a great idea.”

“I’m just sick of people being ugly to each other,” she said, and this makes her feel good and makes the recipients feel good. It’s a win-win.

Retailers, such as Toney’s 61N Liquor & Wine, are reportedly starting to offer discounts for Booze Fairy purchases.  

Williams has also received a basket with Margarita mix, Funyons, gum, Skittles, a pretty little magnet and a candle.

“I was having a rough day, and I got home and there it was,” she said. “It made me feel better.”

Booze Fairies of Vicksburg was started by Whitney Porter and has nearly 3,000 members.

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