Saturday, August 16, 2003
D I D  Y O U  K N O W . . .

Who invented coke?

DR John S. Pemberton invented Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1886. He concocted the formula in a three-legged brass kettle in his backyard. The name Coca-Cola was a suggestion given by John Pembertonís bookkeeper Frank Robinson. Being a bookkeeper, Robinson also had excellent penmanship. It was he who first scripted "Coca-Cola" into the flowing letters, which have become so famous today. The soft drink was first sold to the public at the soda fountain in Jacobís Pharmacy in Atlanta on May 8, 1886

  • When Coca-Cola was first made it was green.

  • The site where Coca-Cola was first bottled in Mississippi now stands the Biedenharn Candy Company Museum.

  • Caleb Bradham invented Pepsi-Cola in 1890 as "Bradís Drink." It was launched as a digestive aid and energy booster, which was made of carbonated water, sugar, vanilla, rare oils, pepsin and cola nuts. In was renamed Pepsi-Cola in 1989. In 1964, Diet Pepsi was introduced.

  • In 1929, the Howdy Company introduced its Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Sodas, which became 7 Up. Charles Leiper Grigg invented 7 Up.

  • The first diet soft drink, called the No-Cal Beverage, was launched in 1952.

  • Aluminum cans were introduced in 1957 and two years later the first diet cola was sold.

ó Compiled by Gaurav Sood