Share a Coke: A History of Coca-Cola

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Did you know that the name Coca-Cola (KO) - Get Report is derived from two of the original ingredients--Coca leaves and Kola nuts?

But that's not even the craziest thing. The original Coca-Cola formula contained the narcotic cocaine until 1903.

The soda giant had a chance to purchase it's rival Pepsi-Cola (PEP) - Get Report in 1922 and 1933. But, it declined on both occasions. (Watch Is Pepsi Okay? The History Behind PepsiCo)

Coca-Cola had a fixed price of 5¢ from 1886 to 1959.

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Watch the video above to find out more about Coca-Cola's history. The company became the first Olympic sponsor in 1928.

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