2. Diet Soda (1952)
The first diet soda, No-Cal, was introduced by the Kirsch Bottling in 1952. Its inventors Hyman and Morris Kirsch created the sugar-free soda for hospitalized diabetic patients at the Jewish Sanitarium for Chronic Disease (now known as Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center).
In 1958, Royal Crown Cola introduced the second sugar-free soda, Diet Rite.
3. Roll-on deodorant (1952)
Prior to the invention of Ban Roll-On, the most common deodorant was Everdry, a aluminum chloride solution that was applied with cotton swabs. Besides being messy and taking forever to dry, Everdry also had the nice side effect of eating through clothes.
Source: Mental Floss
11. Bubble Wrap (1957)
Could you imagine living in a world without the pleasure of popping bubble wrap? I couldn’t live in that world.
It was actually created by accident; its inventors, Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes, were attempting to create a 3-D plastic wallpaper, not packing material.
12. Birth control pill (1957)
Although the Pill is associated with the sexual revolution of the 1960s, it was actually created in the ‘50s.
The FDA approved the Pill in 1957, but only for cases of severe menstrual disorders and not as a contraceptive. Large numbers of women all of a sudden developed severe menstrual disorders.
It wouldn’t be until 1960 that the pill would be approved for contraceptive use.
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