Pepsi and UPS are born, Emmett Till is murdered, Martin Luther King Jr. shares his dream, and Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce, all on this day.
1898: Pharmacist Caleb Bradham invents the carbonated soft drink that will later be called "Pepsi-Cola" at his drugstore in New Bern, North Carolina. The recipe -- a blend of kola nut extract, vanilla, and "rare oils" -- was initially known as "Brad's Drink," but eventually took on its new name, a combination of the terms "pepsin" and "cola," since Bradham believed that his drink aided digestion much like the pepsin enzyme does, even though it was not used as an ingredient. Bradham was president of the Pepsi-Cola Company when it was incorporated in 1902.
Mark Wilson/Getty Images
White House Press Office
Ian Gavan/Getty Images
Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Jim Thurston/Wikimedia Commons
It's easy to upload your photos and/or videos on News8000.com. Once you do, we'll share your upload with the community!
No email address was supplied by
To complete your registration on this site, please supply an address.
Please confirm or modify the email address to which you will have subscription offers sent.
For a more personalized experience, please supply the following optional information.