While we tend to associate the ’50s with sock hops, Elvis, and the Golden Age of Television, it also happened to be a decade that greatly improved our lives.
1. Credit cards (1950)
Diner’s Club introduced the first credit card in 1950.
2. Diet Soda (1952)
The first diet soda, No-Cal, was introduced by the Kirsch Bottling in 1952. Its inventors Hyman and Morris Kirsch created the sugar-free soda for hospitalized diabetic patients at the Jewish Sanitarium for Chronic Disease (now known as Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center).
In 1958, Royal Crown Cola introduced the second sugar-free soda, Diet Rite.
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