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.
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