Have a Coke Day

The day to celebrate having a coke. The original filling date as a registered trademark in the United States was March 27, 1944.

In the late nineteenth century a pharmacist was trying to find a tonic to help with his cancer. He owned Pemberton’s Eagle Drug Chemical House in Columbus, Georgia and he inadvertently created Coca Cola. He originally intended it for medicine. When Griggs Chandler bought the patent, he changed it to be a soft drink. He then marketed it to be the biggest selling soft drink in the world and is still number one in the soft drink business today.

Fun Facts:

  • The original Coca-Cola recipe contained 9 mg of cocaine per glass.
  • In 1886, a bottle of Coke cost just 5 cents!
  • The name Coca-Cola comes from two of the original ingredients: kola nuts (which have caffeine) and coca leaves.
  • A 12 ounce can of Coke contains 38 grams of sugar.
  • Soda fountains were popular places to get a drink of coke in the 20th century.
  • Over 1,000,000,000 cans of Coca-Cola syrup had been manufactured by the year 1945.
  • The cans of coke that we know today first appeared in 1955.
  • Coke is sold in over 200 countries.
  • 1891- Bottling of Coca-Cola began at the Biedenharn Candy Company in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
  • 1894-The first outdoor wall advertising promoting Coke was painted in Cartersville, Georgia.
  • 1914-Atlanta’s Fleeman’s Pharmacy opens its doors and is the first and longest running commercial Coca-Cola soda fountain. It became a historic landmark of Atlanta and Coke. The pharmacy closed in 1995 after 81 years in business.
  • 1944-Coca-Cola company manufactured its one-billionth gallon of syrup on July 12th.
  • 1955-first to produce aluminum cans that were sent to the men overseas fighting.
  • Helped create the iconic image of Santa Claus that we have today through its early advertisements.

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