Pepsi in History

Historical Events

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

Film & TV History

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

Music History

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

  • 1989-02-22 1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award)

Music History

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

  • 1992-04-13 Crystal Pepsi begins test marketing in Sacramento, Providence, Denver, Dallas, and Grand Rapids
  • 1997-03-19 Major League Baseball announces 5 year/$50M deal with Pepsi
  • 2006-10-01 Indra Nooyi becomes the new CEO of PepsiCo

Super Bowl

2012-02-05 Flavor Flav and Elton John appear in a Pepsi Co. ad during Super Bowl XLVI

Film & TV History

2017-04-05 Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner pulled after criticized for trivializing demonstrations

  • 2018-08-06 PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi announces she will be stepping down

Famous Birthdays

  • 1914-08-05 Anita Colby, American model, author and actress (Mary of Scotland, Cover Girl, Pepsi Cola Playhouse), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1992)
  • 1955-10-28 Indra Nooyi, Indian American businesswoman (CEO of PepsiCo), born in Madras, India

Famous Deaths

  • 1992-03-27 Anita Colby [Counihan], American model, actress (Mary of Scotland; Cover Girl; Pepsi Cola Playhouse), beauty coach, and inventor (chair-bed), dies of lung disease at 77
  • 2010-05-25 Michael H. Jordan, businessman and former CEO PepsiCo and CBS Corporation (b. 1936)