May 29 in Pop Culture History

May 29 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

May 29 History Highlights

  • 1886 – John Pemberton placed his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, in The Atlanta Journal.
  • 1919 – Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity was tested (and later confirmed) by Arthur Eddington and Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin.
  • 1953 – Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, became the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which is at 29,035 feet above sea level.
  • 2004 – The National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • If you were born on May 29th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… September 5th (prior year)

A Brief History of Coca-Cola

When Coca-Cola first started out in 1886, it was just available as a fountain drink. In 1894, they started bottling the soda, through a bunch of regional bottlers. The first bottles were kind of roundish or flat and every regional COKE bottler was free to what kind of bottle to use.

At that time, Coke had dozens of competitors back then that used similar names, similar bottles, and even used similar fonts to kind of leech on the Coca-Cola Brand. By 1914, there were 65 different OFFICIAL Coke bottlers around the country, and they had to agree with a plan to make Coca-Cola stand out from all the copycats.

In 1915, The 65 BOTTLERS decided that they wanted, as they described “a bottle so distinct that you would recognize if by feel in the dark or lying broken on the ground.”

They finally came up with the color of the glass, and the uniform size of the bottle – 6 1/2 ounces. The companies couldn’t compete with each other, so, by contract, the price of Coca-Cola from 1886 to 1959 was 6 1/2 ounces for 5 cents.

The initial design was based on something called a Hobble Skirt. This was a style back then that allowed a woman’s curves to be accentuated, at least as much as the early 1900s would allow. Morticia Addams from the ADDAMS Family had one. They were hard to walk in, but it was the sexiest outfit a girl could wear in public in the 19teens.

Since then, the bottle has gotten bigger, thinned down, been used in art, and even in machine design. 23 design changes in all. Today, there are 30-odd bottlers in the United States and hundreds more around the world.
Cuba and North Korea, are the only countries that do not allow to sell Coca-Cola officially.

The price of a bottle of Coca-Cola stayed at a nickel until 1959. At the time, vending machines only took nickels, and before raising prices to a dime the president of Coca-Cola asked President Eisenhower to mint 7.5 cent coins to keep the increase reasonable. The request was denied, so Coke had a big jump in price to 10 cents in 1959.

May 29 is…

Coq Au Vin Day
Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day

May 29 Birthday Quotes

“United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.”
– Patrick Henry

“A society is in decay, final or transitional when common sense really becomes uncommon.”
– Gilbert K. Chesterton

“… you hear the beginning of a melody, you should kind of know it’s going to lead down this path. It should start feeling like a friend, like familiar.”
– Danny Elfman

“No one party can fool all of the people all of the time; that’s why we have two parties.”
– Bob Hope

“You never can expect what people’s reactions are going to be. You can only hope that everyone feels the way that you do.”
– Melanie Brown

“The truth is that it is only by believing in God that we can ever criticize the Government. Once abolish the God, and the Government becomes the God.”
– Gilbert K. Chesterton

“They say money doesn’t buy happiness. That phrase should end with ‘just kidding’.”
– Daniel Tosh

May 29 Birthdays

1736 – Patrick Henry, American lawyer and politician, 1st Governor of Virginia (died in 1799)
1874 – G.K. Chesterton, English essayist, poet, and playwright (died in 1936)
1903 – Bob Hope, English-American actor, singer, and producer (died in 2003)
1953 – Danny Elfman, American singer-songwriter
1955 – David Kirschner, American animator, producer, and author
1958 – Annette Bening, American actress
1975 – Daniel Tosh, American comedian
1975 – Mel B, English singer-songwriter
1989 – Riley Keough, American model

May 29 History

1453 – Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih captured Constantinople (now Istanbul) after a 53-day siege, commonly referred to as The Fall of Constantinople.

1790 – Rhode Island was the last of the original United States’ colonies to ratify the Constitution and was admitted as the 13th US state.

1848 – Wisconsin was admitted as the 30th US state.

1913 – Igor Stravinsky’s ballet score The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris, France

1914 – Heavy fog caused a collision between cruise ship Empress of Ireland and coal freighter, the Storstad on the St. Lawrence River in Canada that killed 1,073 people, mostly tourist passengers on the Empress.

1954 – First of the annual Bilderberg Group conferences was held in the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Netherlands.

1961 # 1 Hit May 29, 1961 – June 4, 1961: Ricky Nelson – Travelin’ Man

1965 # 1 Hit May 29, 1965 – June 11, 1965: The Beach Boys – Help Me, Rhonda

May 29, 1970 Birthday (fictional) Tony Stark, Marvel Cinematic Universe

1971 # 1 Hit May 29, 1971 – June 11, 1971: The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar

1976 # 1 Hit May 29, 1976 – July 9, 1976: Diana Ross – Love Hangover

1979 – Actor Woody Harrelson’s father, Charles Harrelson, was charged with the murder of Judge John Wood.

1982 – Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit Canterbury Cathedral.

1999 – Space Shuttle Discovery completed the first docking with the International Space Station.

2004 – The National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.

2015 – One World Observatory at One World Trade Center opened.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

For all the times I would play with those metal foot measurement things at the shoe store as a kid, I still don’t know my exact foot measurement.

I want to see a wacky sitcom about a happy billionaire family with their young son and cooky butler, but it’s The Wayne family before they get murdered in the alley.

Guardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket Raccoon’s name was inspired by the Beatles song Rocky Raccoon.

“I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy. Come on, Squishy Come on, little Squishy.” – Dory

The Capital of Somalia is Mogadishu

“A man’s got to know his limitations” – Harry Callahan #moviequotes

There’s a 300-page book called ‘A Void’ that was written without ever using the letter “e”. It was originally written in French.

The plastic used to make Legos is the same type of plastic used to make hard hats.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an average minute of a film is worth 1,440,000 words.
(A de facto movie standard is that movies will run at 24fps. 24 frames x 60 seconds x 1000 words = 1,440,000 words)

A man named Apa Sherpa has climbed Mt.Everest 21 times!

Ashton Kutcher – Real Name: Christopher Kutcher

The sounds made by the Brachiosaurs in Jurassic Park were a mix of whale and donkey sounds.

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