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7-Eleven celebrates birthday with Slurpee giveaway

Jul 11, 2017, 10:07 AM | Updated: 8:57 pm

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Continuing a birthday tradition that began over a dozen years ago, 7-Eleven stores will be giving away Slurpee drinks Tuesday.

The convenience store chain has turned 90 and for the past 16 years has given away its iconic frozen drink on July 11, aka 7/11.

The company expected to serve up 9 million free small Slurpees from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. There are almost 11,000 stores in North America.

The Slurpee made its debut in 1966. According to company statistics, it has sold 7.4 billion Slurpees (it didn’t get its name until the next year) since then.

That is a lot of slurping and brain freeze.

As it turns out, 1966 was a year of note. Here are more than seven but fewer than 11 pretty big events from then:

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