Today in Pepsi History

Historical Events

  • 1898-08-28 Caleb Bradham renames his carbonated soft drink "Pepsi-Cola".
  • 1903-06-16 Pepsi Cola company forms

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1950-12-13 James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial

Actor James Dean
James Dean

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1984-01-27 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1989-02-22 1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award)

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1989-03-02 Madonna's "Like a Prayer" premieres on worldwide Pepsi commercial

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  • 1992-04-13 Crystal Pepsi begins test marketing in Providence, Denver & Dallas
  • 1997-03-19 Major League Baseball announces 5 year/$50M deal with Pepsi

Famous Birthdays

  • 1914-08-05 Anita Colby, model/actress (Pepsi Cola Playhouse), born in Washington, D.C.

Famous Deaths

  • 1992-03-27 Anita Colby, US model/actress/author (Pepsi Coke), dies at 77
  • 2010-05-25 Michael H. Jordan, businessman and former CEO PepsiCo and CBS Corporation (b. 1936)