Happy Birthday Coca-Cola
Today,in 1886, Coca-Cola, the very popular and rather tasty soft drink, was first sold to the public at the soda fountain in Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. It was invented by a pharmacist, John Stith Pemberton, who mixed it in a 30-gal. brass kettle hung over a backyard fire. It was originally called cocawine and until 1905 contained extracts of cocaine as well as the caffeine-rich kola nut. The drink was marketed as a "brain and nerve tonic". The name, using two C's from its ingredients, was suggested by his bookkeeper Frank Robinson, whose excellent penmanship provided the first scripted "Coca-Cola" letters as the famous logo. In 1888, Asa Candler marketed Coke to the world after buying the company from Pemberton.