On this day in 1886, John Pemberton released the first batch of his patented medicine: ‘Pemberton’s French Wine Cola’, which would eventually become ‘Coca-Cola’.
Pemberton, having received a grievous wound from a sabre during the Battle of Columbus, became addicted to the morphine he was prescribed to battle his pain. Having experimented with various coca and coca wines, John was searching for an opium-free answer to morphine.
‘Coca-Cola’ was initially advertised for: “ladies, and all those whose sedentary employment causes nervous prostration”.
Pemberton would eventually sell his recipe as he grew sicker and closer to death and in 1888 his creation was fully sold to Asa Griggs Candler, credited with bringing Coca Cola to the mainstream.
Other events #OnThisDay throughout history:
- Cricket – Yorkshire bat to 887 all out against Warwickshire, at Edgbaston, in the County Championship. The mammoth innings included three centuries (Jackson, Wainwright, Lord Hawke) and a double century (Peel). (1896)
- Victory in Europe Day is celebrated as Nazi Germany and all its forces are officially surrendered, following the suicide of Adolf Hitler. (1945)
- The world’s first rollercoaster with a vertical loop, ‘Revolution’, opened at Six Flags Magic Mountain, California. (1976)
- The Thames Barrier, designed to protect flood planes in the eastern most boroughs of London, was officially opened. (1984)