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It Happened This Week! 5 Nostalgic Memories, May 8 to May 14, 2022

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Don’t you just love seeing “memories” on Facebook? It’s fun and sweet to see photos or events that happened exactly a year or two ago. It’s too bad that Facebook doesn’t have a special page for “This Week in History” — but fortunately, we do! Sit back, relax, and take a trip down memory lane.

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1. The Golden Girls sitcom finale aired.

Bea Arthur, Rue McClanaghan and Betty White in 2008
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It really was the golden era when The Golden Girls was on TV! The hilarious sitcom aired its hour-long series finale on May 9, 1992, in the seventh season.

2. The First glass bottle of Coca-Cola was sold.

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Why is it that Coca-Cola in a glass bottle tastes so much better than out of a can? It’s a good thing that we can still find them in certain stores! The first glass bottle was sold at Jacobs’ Pharmacy in downtown Atlanta on May 8, 1886.

3. ‘If I Can’t Have You’ Hit No. 1.

Yvonne Elliman
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The Yvonne Elliman classic became a hit for a reason! Who can resist that heart-wrenching melody? The song hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts during this week in 1978.

4. Twister gained popularity.

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Have you ever wondered why the game of Twister is so popular? It’s all thanks to Johnny Carson, really. The game became a phenomenon after it was featured on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson this week in history, in 1966.

5. The VCR hit stores.

Videocassette Recorder (VCR)
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You know you’re really old if you remember purchasing your first ever videocassette recorder (VCR). (Many kids these days don’t even know what that stands for.) Sony’s Betamax, the first ever home VCR, hit stores on May 10, 1975.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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