This Day In History
Saturday, December 15, 2018
On This Day

Events

in 1886

Pharmacist John Styth Pemberton...
Pharmacist John Styth Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named "Coca-Cola" as a patent medicine. The first sales were at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 8, 1886. It was initially sold as a patent medicine for five cents a glass at soda fountains, which were popular in the United States at the time due to the belief that carbonated water was good for the health. Pemberton claimed Coca-Cola cured many diseases, including morphine addiction, dyspepsia, neurasthenia, headache, and impotence.
Coca-Cola

Births

in 1895
Edmund Wilson

Edmund Wilson was an American writer, literary and social critic, and noted man of letters.
in 1920
Saul Bass

Saul Bass was a graphic designer and filmmaker, perhaps best known for his design of film posters and motion picture title sequences.

Deaths

in 1903
Paul Gauguin

Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin was a leading French Post-Impressionist artist who was not well appreciated until after his death. Gauguin was later recognized for his experimental use of colors and synthetist style that was distinguishably different from Impressionism. His work was influential to the French avant-garde and many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse. Gauguin’s art became popular after his death and many of his paintings were in the possession of Russian collector, Sergei Shchukin.
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