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

1886

Events

March 29, 1886

Dr. John Pemberton brews...
Dr. John Pemberton brews the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia. Coca-Cola is a carbonated soft drink sold in stores, restaurants, and vending machines in more than 200 countries. It is produced by The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, Georgia, and is often referred to simply as Coke (a registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company in the United States since March 27, 1944). Originally intended as a patent medicine when it was invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton, Coca-Cola was bought out by businessman Asa Griggs Candler, whose marketing tactics led Coke to its dominance of the world soft-drink market throughout the 20th century.
Coca-Cola, John Pemberton, Atlanta, Georgia

May 8, 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

October 28, 1886

In New York Harbor,...
In New York Harbor, President Grover Cleveland dedicates the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue has become an icon of freedom and of the United States.
Statue of Liberty, New York City, United States

Births

Deaths

February 9, 1886
Winfield Scott Hancock

Winfield Scott Hancock was a career U.S. Army officer and the Democratic nominee for President of the United States in 1880. He served with distinction in the Army for four decades, including service in the Mexican-American War and as a Union general in the American Civil War.
May 15, 1886
Emily Dickinson

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life.
June 14, 1886
Alexander Ostrovsky

Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky was a Russian playwright.
July 31, 1886
Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt was a 19th-century Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher.
November 18, 1886
Chester A Arthur

Chester Alan Arthur was the 21st President of the United States (1881–1885).
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