Skip to content

Search Results

No Matching Results

    Recently Viewed


      HomeLatest newsOur heritageWhat a year! 19 facts about what the world looked like when Johnson & Johnson went public
      A black and white photo of an early Johnson & Johnson factory and sign

      What a year! 19 facts about what the world looked like when Johnson & Johnson went public

      When the company was first listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1944, the world was a very different place. Case in point: A quart of milk cost 15 cents!

      Share Article
      share to

      September 24, 1944, will forever be a pivotal date in Johnson & Johnson’s milestone-packed, over 130-year history: It was the day it launched its initial public offering, making Johnson & Johnson a publicly traded company.

      The decision to list the company on the New York Stock Exchange wasn’t taken lightly by members of the Johnson family, who wanted to make sure the company continued to put the needs of its customers and employees first.

      So in preparation for the IPO, General Robert Wood Johnson, son of one of the founding brothers, drafted the company’s Credo, a mission statement that is used to this day to help guide business practices and corporate social responsibility.

      In the 74 years since Johnson & Johnson hit the stock market, the company and the world have evolved, and the Credo has been updated at key moments to reflect those changes—but its core priorities of citizenship and accountability remain.

      Step back in time with us to see what else made 1944 such a memorable year.

      Screenshot from "What a Year!" video
      18-074 Facts About JnJ 1944 v14_H264

      Want to Learn More about Johnson & Johnson?

      Check out our investor resource page, which includes FAQs for company shareholders.

      More from Johnson & Johnson

      Meet a nurse who leads clinical trials to find innovative cancer therapies

      Melissa Martinez is a clinical scientist within Johnson & Johnson’s Interventional Oncology R&D group. Not only is she helping to develop lifesaving treatments, she’s redefining what it means to pursue a career in nursing.

      What’s the difference between IBS and IBD?

      These GI conditions sound similar, and they also share some symptoms. But IBS and IBD are distinct disorders—especially when it comes to treatment and the risk of complications.

      How robots are helping personalize knee replacement surgery

      For Arthritis Awareness Month, learn the latest about this common procedure and how Johnson & Johnson MedTech is innovating to improve patient outcomes.
      You are now leaving The site you’re being redirected to is a branded pharmaceutical website. Please click below to continue to that site.