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Coca-Cola backs away from New Coke fiasco

By 1985, Coca-Cola had been losing market share to diet soft drinks and non-cola beverages for many years. Consumers who were purchasing regular colas seemed to prefer the sweeter taste of rival Pepsi-Cola, as Coca-Cola learned in conducting blind taste tests.

The State of Katanga breaks away from DR Congo

The country’s richest province, Katanga, had declared itself independent as the State of Katanga, with Élisabethville as its capital under the leadership of Moise Tshombe. The Congo was plunged into a civil conflict that soon turned into a political and constitutional crisis.

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