On May 8th 1886 Coca – Cola was invented in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr John Stith Pemberton made a syrup which was then carbonated with water. The drink was trialed at a local pharmacy and sold as a soda fountain drink for 5 cents a glass.
It has long been speculated that the syrup contained coca leaves, as well as small traces of cocaine which is said to have been removed as an ingredient a few years later.
130 years on, Coke now sells at a rate of 1.8 billion bottles a day, and can boast an annual revenue of US$47.51 billion.