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FIRST BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO-RENTAL STORE

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On October 19, 1985, the first Blockbuster video-rental store 
opened in Dallas,
Texas. At a time when most video stores
were small-scale operations featuring a limited selection of
titles, Blockbuster opened with some 8,000 tapes displayed
on shelves around the store and a computerized check-out
process.

The first store was a success and Blockbuster expanded
rapidly, eventually becoming one of the world’s largest
providers of in-home movies and game entertainment,
before eventually filing for bankruptcy in 2010.

Blockbuster was founded by David Cook (below), who had
previously owned a business that provided computer
software services to the oil and gas industry in Texas.

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THE NEW FIAT 124 FOR 1966 INTRODUCED

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Giovanni Agnelli
(13 August 1866 – 16 December 1945)

Agnelli was an Italian businessman, who 
founded
Fiat car manufacturing in 1899.
During its more than century-long history,
Fiat has also manufactured railway engines  
and carriages, military  vehicles, farm tractors, 
and aircraft.

In 2013, Fiat (together with Chrysler) was the 
second largest European automaker by volumes 
produced, and the seventh in the world ahead of 
Honda
, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Suzuki, Renault,
and Daimler AG.


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Front view of the Lingotto headquarters of Fiat
in Turin (2013).

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CANDY COMPANY INTROS NEW CHARACTER

M&M's introduce new purple female character citing 'acceptance and inclusivity' photo 1

WASHINGTON (TND) — Mars, Inc. has introduced a new purple
character to its lineup of M&M’s, but not a new purple color of
the popular chocolate candy.

Aptly named "Purple," the new female character is coming
aboard to help the company "represent acceptance and
inclusivity,"
according to a news release.

It’s M&M’s first new character in a decade. The company said
Purple’s confidence, "keen self-awareness," and authenticity
give the character a "quirky nature."

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Franklin Clarence Mars (1883 – 1934)


Franklin C. Mars started the Mars Candy
Factory in 1911 with Ethel V. Mars, his
second wife, in
Tacoma, Washington.

This factory produced and sold fresh
candy wholesale, but ultimately the
venture failed. 

By 1920, Mars had returned to his home
state,
Minnesota, where the earliest
incarnation of the present day Mars
company was founded that year as
Mar-O-Bar Co., in
Minneapolis and later
incorporated there as Mars, Incorporated.

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MADE THE MEN’S CLUB WAY IN THE 1950’s

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Armour & Company was an American company and was one
of the  five leading firms in the
meat packing industry
. It was
founded in
 
Chicago, in 1867, by the Armour brothers led by
Philip Danforth Armour Sr. 

In connection with its meatpacking operations, the company
also ventured into pharmaceuticals (Armour Pharmaceuticals)
and soap manufacturing, introducing
Dial soap in 1948.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

   

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Philip Danforth Armour Sr.
(16 May 1832 – 6 January 1901)

    

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COMPANY LAUNCHED ON THIS DAY IN 1963

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On September 13, 1963, Texas-born entrepreneur Mary Kay Ash
launched a cosmetic company in Dallas with her $5,000 life
savings and the help of her 20-year-old son Richard Rogers.

Mary Kay Inc. would become a cosmetic empire with revenue of
more than $3.5 billion and salespeople in dozens of countries.

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Mary Kay Ash (born Mary Kathlyn Wagner)
(May 12, 1918 – November 22, 2001)


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