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Frozen in Time

A look inside Jacobs' Pharmacy in Atlanta, where Coca-Cola was first served through a fountain, circa 1900

Frozen in Time

A look back at the week that was

By Robert Foran III
Associate Editor

May 5th — Amy Johnson takes off to be the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. — 1930

May 6th — Exposition Universelle or “World’s Fair” opens in Paris, France with the recently completed Eiffel Tower serving as the entrance arch. It was held during the year of the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. — 1889

May 7th — Following his unexpected death, Prince takes the top two spots on the Billboard albums chart with ‘The Very Best of Prince’ at #1 and ‘Purple Rain’ at #2. With his music unavailable on most streaming services and download distributors, physical albums were the best way to get his music. – 2016


May 8th — Coca-Cola is first served at Jacobs’ Pharmacy in downtown Atlanta, GA. The drink’s name refers to two of its key ingredients: coca leaves and kola nuts. Coca-Cola was originally intended as a patent medicine, so its creator John S. Pemberton added an estimated nine milligrams of cocaine per glass within the ingredients. It was removed in 1903. — 1886

A look inside Jacobs' Pharmacy in Atlanta, where Coca-Cola was first served through a fountain, circa 1900

A look inside Jacobs’ Pharmacy in Atlanta, where Coca-Cola was first served through a fountain, circa 1900


May 9th — Bruce Springsteen gets a huge career boost when he opens for Bonnie Raitt at her Boston Arena show. Playing his full two-hour set at Raitt’s insistence (rare for an opening act), Bruce is so impressive that Rolling Stone’s Jon Landau writes in Boston’s The Real Paper, “I saw rock and roll future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time.” Landau went on to become Springsteen’s manager and producer. — 1974

May 10th — Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa’s first black president. — 1994

May 11th — Charles W. Fairbanks was born in Unionville Center, Ohio. He served as the 26th Vice President of the U.S. under President Theodore Roosevelt. Fairbanks, Alaska, was named for him. — 1852