Some key dates in Armour-Dial's long history:
1868 - An eyewitness to the California Gold Rush and its aftermath, Philip Danforth Armour returns to the Midwest and strikes it rich - processing food for the prospectors. Today it is offered to consumers as Armour Star canned meats.
1880 - A vast deposit of borax, nature's magic water softener and cleanser, is discovered in Death Valley, Calif. Soon teams of 20 mules are pulling 12-ton wagons across 165 miles of hot desert to the railroad. Today it is marketed as 20-Mule Team Borax.
1888 - Armour enters the soap business, producing a laundry bar called Armour Family Soap.
1913 - To keep customers happy, peddlers of America's first aluminum cookware perfect a scouring pad that combines steel wool, jeweler's rouge and soap. They call their brilliant idea Brillo.
1922 - The first jug of Purex Bleach, to be followed by a superior phosphate-free laundry detergent, is formulated in the garage of a house in Los Angeles. Today, Purex is the reigning value detergent and Number 2 brand.
1930 - Backed by decades of research at his clinic in Springfield, Mass., John H. Breck, Sr., introduces a premium shampoo pH-balanced for normal, oily and dry hair.
1936 - Roma Whitney, 14, makes her poster debut as America's first Breck Girl. Today Breck products are sold primarily in Mexico.
1948 - Meatpacker Armour prunes a list of 700 names and selects "Dial" to identify the world's first antibacterial deodorant bath soap. During an August heat wave, Dial is advertised in the Chicago Tribune on perfumed, four-color pages promising users 24-hour protection from body odor.
1953 - The slogan "Aren't you glad you use Dial? Don't you wish everybody did?" establishes Dial as the nation's leading antibacterial soap.
1963 - A favorite old-time convenience snack, the Vienna sausage, is packaged in a flavor-protecting, pop-top aluminum can. Fishermen form a Vienna sausage cult of tackle box folklore. Today Armour Vienna's lead the market.
1964 - Dial opens the largest, most modern soap making plant in the world on an 11-acre site 38 miles west of Chicago in Montgomery,IL.
,br>1973 - Dial dedicates the world's largest, most modern meat canning plant at Fort Madison, Iowa, which produces the leading brand of canned meats - Armour Star.
1973 - Tone, the only bath bar containing cocoa butter, is introduced.
,br>1985 -The Purex household and laundry product lines are purchased. Acquired in the deal are such familiar brands as Purex and Trend detergents, Brillo soap pads and StaPuf fabric softeners.
1988 - Exclusive rights are bought to make and sell such home pantry staples as 20-Mule-Team Borax all-purpose cleaner, Borateem stain remover and Boraxo powdered hand soap. In the White House sits President Ronald Reagan, fondly remembered as the host of "Death Valley Days" once sponsored on TV by Borax.
1988 - Armour introduces Lunch Buckets, the first line of microwave cup meals.
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