The Wall Street Journal states that Robert McNeil created Tylenol in 1955 as a prescription painkiller designed for children. McNeil died in 2010, at the age of 94 years.Know More
After creating Tylenol, McNeil sold McNeil laboratories to Johnson and Johnson in 1959 for $33 million in stock. Johnson and Johnson purchased the company to venture into the pharmaceutical industry, according to the Wall Street Journal. After the acquisition, the drug became prescription-free and found its way into the over-the-counter aspirin-free pain relief market.
The Wall Street Journal notes that acetaminophen, the generic form of Tylenol, was first introduced to the public in the 1880s by Bayer Co. in Germany. McNeil's brand name version of this product came from a shortening of the drug's actual chemical name, which was suggested to McNeil by his marketing director.Learn More
Items invented in 1998 include Windows 98, the iMac computer and the MP3 player. Viagra was also approved for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1998.Full Answer >
Modern ice hockey rules were created by Canadian athlete, journalist and lawyer James George Aylwin Creighton. The first game of modern ice hockey was played in 1875 in Montreal, Canada. Ice hockey likely evolved from field hockey played in Northern Europe.Full Answer >
Evidence of lotion salves date back to 3,000 B.C.E. Lotions were invented using natural ingredients, such as red ochre and animal fat. Commercially manufactured lotions were invented in the late 19th century.Full Answer >
StyleList claims that Egyptians invented the first version of the flip-flop sandal around 4000 B.C. The oldest existing pair of flip-flops is on display at the British Museum.Full Answer >