On this day: November 16

POSTED: 08:50 PM PST Nov 14, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Nov 15, 2015 

Coca-Cola patents its iconic contoured bottle, Al Capone leaves prison, Luke and Laura get married, Harry Potter makes his movie debut, and Prince William and Kate Middleton announce their engagement, all on this day.

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1915: Coca-Cola receives a patent for the company's prototype for a contoured bottle. The prototype never made it into production since its middle diameter was larger than its base, making it unstable on conveyor belts. However, a version with a decreased diameter would make its commercial debut the following year and go on to become an iconic image for the company.


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