This Weekend In History…

April 23, 1985

Coca-Cola announces it is changing its 99-year-old formula, introducing what was to become known as “New Coke.” Less than three months later, due to public outcry and poor sales, they brought back the old formula under the name “Coca-Cola Classic.”

April 24, 1990

NASA launches their $1.5 billion Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope into space. Although designed to view farther into space than any telescope on Earth, a flawed lens greatly reduced it capabilities. The telescope is named after astronomer Edwin Hubble.

April 25, 1898

The U.S. Congress officially declares war against Spain. It decreed that a de facto state of war had existed since April 21. Cuba had been fighting for independence from Spain. The war would end in December with the signing of the Treaty of Paris of 1898 in which Spain renounced all claims to Cuba, gave Guam and Puerto Rico to the U.S., and transferred sovereignty over the Philippines to the U.S. for $20 million.