May 8: Coca-Cola® Goes on Sale!
MAY 8, 1886 — COCA-COLA® GOES ON SALE!
The Story of a Special Day for May 8
On May 8, 1886, at Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia, the first Coca-Cola was sold for the princely sum of 5 cents! In other news, Joan of Arc ended the Siege of Orleans (1429), World War II in Europe ended (1945), and smallpox was eradicated (1980).
May 8 birthdays include US President Harry Truman, writer Thomas Pynchon, historian Edward Gibbon, musicians Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Nelson, insult comic Don Rickles, and television Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. Wild Things creator Maurice Sendak died on May 8, along with painter Paul Gauguin, Hawaiian monarch Kamehameha I, and science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein.
On May 8, Columbus, Mississippi celebrates Emancipation Day, South Korea celebrates Parent’s Day, Mexico honors Miguel Hidalgo, Norway honors its veterans, and Helston, Cornwall has its annual Furry Dance. If it’s the first Saturday in May, it’s also National Homebrew Day! In astrology, May 8 is in Taurus (traditional) and Aries (sidereal). May’s birthstone is the emerald, and its birth flowers are lily of the valley and hawthorn.
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