On this day in 1886, the syrup for Coca-Cola was invented by Dr. John Pemberton, an American pharmacist in Atlanta, Georgia. Pemberton combined the syrup with carbonated water, brought a jug to a local pharmacy in town for others to sample it. Everyone pronounced the new drink as “excellent” and “delicious and refreshing.” It was then put on sale for five cents a glass at the pharmacy’s soda fountain. Soon others caught on and started selling the new soda beverage at their stores. Today, daily servings of Coca‑Cola beverages are estimated at 1.9 billion globally and the company has expanded to different geographies and market segments around the word.
1914: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is established in New York to protect the copyrighted materials of its members.
1920: The Negro National League is established.
1945: German and Hungarian forces surrender to the Soviets as the Siege of Budapest during World War II comes to an end.
1945: Bombers from the Royal Air Force are sent to Dresden, Germany to bomb the city.
1955: Israel gets 4 of the 7 Dead Sea Scrolls.
1960: The successful test of Gerboise Bleue makes France the 4th Nuclear Super Power.
1960: Black college students begin a series of lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville, Tennessee.
1961: The Coso artifact is discovered. This artifact was supposedly a half million year old rock that contained a spark plug inside it. It was discovered in Olancha, California by Wallace Lane, Virginia Maxey and Mike Mikesell.
1967: Leonardo da Vinci’s Madrid Cordices are discovered by American researchers in the National Library of Spain.
1981: More than two miles of streets are destroyed in Louisville, Kentucky by a series of sewer explosions.
2004: The discovery of the largest known diamond in the universe – white dwarf star BPM 37093 – was announced by the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
2010: In the city of Pune in India, a bomb goes off killing seventeen people and kills another 60 people.