This Weekend In History…

April 21, 1986…..

Geraldo Rivera is broadcast live opening Al Capone‘s secret underground vault, only to find empty bottles. The show included a medical examiner should bodies be found, and agents from the Internal Revenue Service to collect any of Capone’s money that might be discovered. This show received the highest rating in syndicated TV history to that time, with an estimated 30 million viewers.

April 22, 1970….

Celebrating the Earth and environment. Earth Day was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom award in recognition of his work.

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.”