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1677 1st medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox), Boston 1789 1st American novel, WH Brown’s “The Power of Sympathy”, is published 1799 Edward Jenner’s smallpox vaccination is introduced 1827 Freedom Journal, 1st Black paper, begins publishing 1861 Jefferson Davis of Mississippi & 4 other southern senators resign 1880 1st US sewage disposal system separate from storm drains, Memphis TN 1903 “Wizard of Oz” premieres in New York City NY 1903 Harry Houdini escapes police station Halvemaansteeg in Amsterdam 1908 New York City NY regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public 1941 1st anti-Jewish measures in Bulgaria 1949 1st inaugural parade televised (Harry Truman) 1954 1st atomic submarine, USS Nautilus, launched on Thames River, christened by First Lady Mamie Eisenhower 1962 Snow falls in San Francisco 1974 Gold hits record $161.31 an ounce in London 1974 Silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London 1977 President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders 1980 Gold hits record $850 an ounce 1987 BB King donates his 7,000 record collection to University of Mississippi 1990 John McEnroe becomes the 1st ever expelled from the Australian Open for throwing a tantrum & swearing at an official 1991 CBS News correspondent Bob Simon captured by Iraqis in Persian Gulf 1994 Lorena Bobbitt found temporarily insane for chopping off spouse’s penis 1998 Pope John Paul II visits Cuba]]]]> ]]>

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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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