27 fun facts for August, 31

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
August 31st is a day filled with a mix of historical events, celebrations, and notable births and deaths. Highlights include the debut of Coca-Cola in Britain, the founding of Solidarity in Poland, and the annual observance of National Trail Mix Day in the US. Additionally, Trinidad and Tobago and Malaysia celebrate their Independence Days on this date, while the world comes together to raise awareness about overdose prevention.
27 Fun facts
  1. In 1900, Coca-Cola goes on sale for the first time in Britain. The popular American soft drink made its debut in the UK market, eventually becoming a household name and iconic beverage worldwide.
  2. On August 31st, 1940, physicist Ernest O. Lawrence patents the cyclotron, a particle accelerator that played a significant role in scientific research and the development of nuclear energy.
  3. On this day in 1962, Trinidad and Tobago gained their independence from the United Kingdom. This Caribbean nation celebrates its Independence Day each year with colorful parades, lively music performances, and flag-raising ceremonies.
  4. In 1974, the first private radio station in France, Radio RMC, was launched. It marked the beginning of an end to the government monopoly on radio and led to the growth of private radio stations in the country.
  5. In 1980, The Polish trade union "Solidarity" was established, led by Lech Wałęsa. The movement played a significant role in the country's fight for democracy and the eventual fall of communism in Poland.
  6. August 31st is National Trail Mix Day in the United States, when people celebrate the energy-boosting blend of nuts, fruits, and other tasty ingredients that make up this popular snack.
  7. In India, August 31st is observed as the National Small Industry Day to support and promote small-scale industries that contribute to the country's economic growth and employment.
  8. On August 31st, 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, died tragically in a car crash in Paris, France. Her death was mourned worldwide, and she continues to be remembered for her humanitarian work and philanthropy.
  9. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Neutrality Act into law. This legislation was passed to keep the United States out of foreign conflicts and maintain neutrality in the years leading up to World War II.
  10. On this day in 1994, Russia officially ended its military presence in Estonia. The move marked a milestone for Estonia's renewed independence from the Soviet Union, which had occurred three years prior.
  11. Rowan Atkinson, a famous British actor and comedian known for his roles as Mr. Bean and Blackadder, was born on August 31st, 1955. His humor has entertained millions worldwide through various television shows, films, and stage performances.
  12. In 1998, North Korea launched its first satellite, Kwangmyongsong-1. Despite claims of success, experts believe that the satellite failed to reach orbit, marking continued tensions around North Korea's space and missile programs.
  13. On August 31st, 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused a devastating breach to the levees of New Orleans, leading to widespread flooding and loss of life. The disaster brought attention to the need for improved infrastructure and disaster management in the US.
  14. In 2012, Apple Inc. became the most valuable public company of all time, with a market capitalization of over $623 billion at the time. This was later surpassed by the company itself in 2020 with a valuation exceeding $2 trillion.
  15. August 31st, 1915 marks the birth of US novelist and essayist, Eudora Welty. Welty is noted for her insightful portrayal of the human experience through works like "The Optimist's Daughter," which won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1973.
  16. In 1939, British steam locomotive Mallard retired after setting the world speed record for steam locomotives at 126 mph. The record still stands today, and the preserved Mallard is a famous exhibit at the National Railway Museum in York, England.
  17. August 31st is National Eat Outside Day, a fun day to enjoy a meal al fresco with family and friends in parks, gardens, or patios.
  18. On this day in 1969, influential boxer Rocky Marciano passed away in a plane crash at the age of 45. Marciano remains the only heavyweight champion to retire with an undefeated record.
  19. In 1993, American professional tennis player Arthur Ashe passed away. Ashe was not only a talented athlete, winning three Grand Slam titles, but also an advocate for civil rights and social change.
  20. On August 31st, 2006, the International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto from its planet status to a "dwarf planet." The decision was controversial and sparked a long-running debate in the scientific community.
  21. American actress and singer Debbie Gibson was born on August 31st, 1970. Gibson became a teenage pop sensation in the 1980s with hit songs like "Foolish Beat" and "Lost in Your Eyes."
  22. On August 31st, 2001, the Swiss passenger plane Flight LX498 crashed shortly after takeoff from Zurich, killing all 71 people on board. The investigation found that the pilots had inadvertently disconnected the autopilot during a turn, leading to the disaster.
  23. In 1978, Bulgarian dissident writer Georgi Markov was stabbed with a poison-tipped umbrella in London. Markov's death was believed to be orchestrated by the Bulgarian secret police, and the incident became an enduring symbol of Cold War espionage.
  24. August 31st marks the annual celebration of Malaysia's Independence Day, also known as Merdeka Day. This national holiday commemorates the country's independence from British colonial rule in 1957.
  25. On this day in 1987, Michael Jackson's album "Bad" was released. The album featured numerous hit songs including "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Man in the Mirror," and "Dirty Diana," solidifying Jackson's status as the "King of Pop."
  26. In 2013, Microsoft announced its acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone business for $7.2 billion. The deal ultimately proved unsuccessful, and Microsoft later wrote off most of the acquisition cost.
  27. August 31st is the International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event aimed at reducing the stigma around drug overdose and promoting prevention, treatment, and support for those affected by it.