Today In History — February 18, 2014 — Coca Cola Announced Plan To Cut Costs By $1 Billion To Counteract Slowing Demand

Today in 2014, Coca-Cola, the world’s largest nonalcoholic beverage company, announced plans to cut costs by $1 billion by 2016 to counteract slowing demand for its carbonated beverages, particularly in emerging markets. Fourth quarter net income of the soft drink producer slid 8.4 percent to $1.71 billion, or 38 cents a share, from $1.87 billion,…

Today In History — February 17, 1906 — US President Theodore Roosevelt’s Daughter Alice Married In Extravagant Ceremony At The White House

Alice Lee Roosevelt, eldest daughter of US President Theodore Roosevelt and a celebrity and fashion icon since the age of 17 when her then vice-president father became president with the assassination of President William McKinley, married in an elaborate ceremony at the White House on this day in 1906. The groom, Nicholas Longworth III, a…

Today In History— February 15, 2013 — Angelina Jolie Underwent Preventive Double Mastectomy

Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy on this day in 2013. In a New York Times op-ed article in May that same year, Jolie said she took that decision after learning she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers.  My doctors…

Today In History — February 12, 1909 — National Association For The Advancement Of Coloured People (NAACP) Was Founded

On this day in 1909, Moorfield Storey, Mary White Ovington and W.E.B. Dubois founded the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) in New York City.  The group’s mission statement was conceived as and continues to be “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to…

Today In History — February 9, 2005 — Faure Gnassingbé Addressed Nation As Togo’s New President

Today in 2005, Togo’s new president Faure Gnassingbé addressed the nation for the first after succeeding his deceased father. Faure was named president by the military after his father, President Gnassingbé Eyadema, died in office on February 5, 2005. The succession was illegal, as the Togo constitution states the head of the National Assembly should…

Today In History — February 5, 1885 — King Leopold II Established Congo Free State As His Personal Concession

On February 5, 1885, King Leopold II of Belgium procured for himself a large area in Central Africa, using his involvement in humanitarian and philanthropic work as a front for greedier, more sinister intentions. The territory, which included the entire area of present day Democratic Republic of Congo, became “the personal concession of the King,”…

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