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John Pemberton

Pharmacist John Pemberton

Profession: Pharmacist

United States of America

Why Famous: After being wounded in the American Civil War, Pemberton invented Coca-Cola, the world's most ubiquitous soft drink. Originally intended as a substitute to morphine, he sold the rights to the drink shortly before his death at age 55.

Born: July 8, 1831
Birthplace: Knoxville, Georgia, United States
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: August 16, 1888 (aged 57)
Cause of Death: Stomach cancer

Events in the Life of John Pemberton

  • 1886-05-29 American chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola

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