The William Wrigley Jr. Company was formed on this day in 1891 in Goose Island, Chicago, Illinois and began selling items like soap and baking powder. In what sounds like an April Fool’s joke, Wrigley began including packs of chewing gum with the baking powder. It is no surprise that the gum became more popular and the company began to focus sole only chewing gum. Today, it is still the largest manufacturer of chewing gun in the world. The company’s big three brands were and still are Juicy Fruit (1893), Spearmint (1893) and Doublemint (1914). In 2005, the company bought out Lifesavers and Altoids from Kraft Foods. Then, in 2008, Mars purchased Wrigley.
President Nixon Bans Cigarette Ads on TV and Radio
Health studies go back as far as 1939 concluding the cigarette smoking led to higher incidences of cancer and heart disease, but it wasn’t until this day in 1970 that cigarette ads were banned on television and radio. In what must have seemed like an April Fool’s joke to many smokers, President Richard Nixon officially banned cigarette ads despite that fact that he himself was an avid pipe smoker.