This Day in Pop Culture for December 29

Lava soap was trademarked on Dec. 29, 1896.

Lava Soap is Trademarked

Sold with the slogan “Gets Grimy Dirt Fast - Kind to Hands,” Lava soap was trademarked on this day in 1896. The heavy-duty hand cleaner in soap bar form was first created in 1893 by William Waltke & Co. It contains pumice which helps to rid dirty hands of grease, grime and tar. The original bar was beige in color and did not contain moisturizers and is no longer manufactured. In 1995, Procter & Gamble sold the product to Block Drug which later sold it to WD-40 Company in 1999.

The first USA YMCA opened on December 29, 1851.

The YMCA Opens its Doors for the First Time

The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was founded in 1844 by George Williams in London, but on this day in 1851, the first YMCA was opened in the USA. Boston, Massachusetts was the chosen spot to put “Christian principles into practice by developing a healthy body, mind and spirit.” Those are the three sides of the YMCA triangle logo. The first YMCAs were heavily concerned with Bible study and Christian discipleship, but today, the Christian influence has taken a step back. In America, there are 2,700 YMCAs that involve 21 million men, women and children.

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