Today in History–May 8–the Library of Congress features the soft drink Coca-cola, first sold on this day in 1886 at Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. This carbonated beverage soon became a favorite in the United States; the company sales were around 100 million by the late 1890s. Learn more about the history of this iconic soda by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to the drink we call Coke today.
Coca-Cola outdoor advertising 1909-1929 Selections from the Collections of Duke University
The Refreshing Look promotional video
Feeding Coca Cola and a candy bar to a horse oral history audio recording
Coca-Cola Company web archive
The First Coca-cola Served from America’s Library
2,400,000,000 Nickels the story of Coca-Cola
How About an Ice Cold Beverage Inside Adams May 8, 2020