30 December-Asa Griggs Candler

Asa Griggs Candler whose ancestors were from Callan in Co Kilkenny was the founder of the Coca-Cola Company. Having trained as a pharmacist he began his career as a drugstore clerk. He bought the Coca-Cola formula from John Pemberton in 1887 and through aggressive marketing made millions of dollars from sales of the product. In 1919 Candler sold the business for $25,000,000 and became involved in philanthropic activities. He served as Mayor of Atlanta from 1916 to 1919. His home in Atlanta, Georgia is called Callan Castle which alludes to his ancestral home town in Ireland. Asa Griggs Candler was born in the year 1851 On This Day

Asa Candler photo

 

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Asa Candler photo

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11 December-Apollo 17

Apollo 17 was the sixth and last of the United States landing of humans on the moon. The three member crew consisted of Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt. As well as being an astronaut Schmitt was also a geologist and became the first member of NASA’s first scientist-astronaut group to fly in space. Harrison Schmitt was the 12th and to date the last person to set foot on the moon in the year 1972 On This Day

Apollo 17 photo

 

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Apollo 17 photo

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