This Day in Pop Culture for March 12

Coca Cola

1899: Coca-Cola is Bottled for the First Time

Though the earliest versions of Coca-Cola were first created in 1886, then considered a medicinal tonic, it wasn’t until this day in 1891 that the beverage was bottled. The first bottles, (far left) look nothing like the bottles we see today. Coke was originally bottled in Vicksburg, Mississippi at the Biedenharn Candy Company. In 1899, the first official Coca-Cola Bottling Company was opened in Chattanooga, Tennessee. And in 1915, the shape of the bottle changed to the “hobble skirt” design that we all know and love.

2016: TV’s Coolest School

Based on the movie of the same name, School of Rock was a musical-comedy television series the debuted on Nickelodeon on this day in 2016. Set in Austin, Texas, the series follows a group of rule-abiding students who learn to take risks and reach new heights thanks to substitute teacher Dewey Finn, a down-on-his-luck musician who uses the language of rock and roll to inspire his class to form a secret band. Throughout the school year, these middle-school classmates find themselves navigating relationships, discovering their unknown talents and learning lessons on loyalty and friendships.

Movies Released

  • Baby Geniuses (1999)
  • Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story (2014)
  • Devil’s Knot (2014)
  • Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2010)
  • Resident Evil (2002)
  • Secret Window (2004)
  • She’s Out of My League (2010)
  • Yes Day (2021)

TV Series Debuts

  • Big Love (2006)
  • School of Rock (2016)
  • The One (2021)
  • The Shield (2002)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1933: Barbara Feldon (actress)
  • 1936: Virginia Hamilton (author)
  • 1946: Liza Minnelli (actress)
  • 1946: Frank Welker (voice actor)
  • 1960: Courtney B. Vance (actor)
  • 1968: Aaron Eckhart (actor)

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