1902 - "I'll have a Coke."

April 15, 1902 - The first Coca-Cola bottled in the Carolinas is sold in Charlotte. Sales of the carbonated soft drink are modest. Three years later the sale of liquor is outlawed in Charlotte, and statewide "prohibition" follows in 1909. Coke's popularity increases and will remain strong into future decades, even after prohibition is repealed.
 

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