On this day…

Aeroméxico498Image seized by US Federal Government during investigation of AeroMexico 498. Image released into public domain as part of NTSB report. 31st August 1986


Aeroméxico Flight 498 drops from the sky after a collision with another plane on the 31st of August, 1986.

435px-AeroMexico498_Annotated Annotated image of the crash site of Aeromexico Flight 498 (English) 31st August 1986

Sixty-seven people in the air were killed, and another fifteen died on the ground when the plane crashed in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

On this day: the sinking of the SS Admiral Nakhimov

On the 31st of August, 1986 Soviet passenger liner the SS Admiral Nakhimov collided with another ship and sank in the Black Sea. 423 of the 1234 people on board, most of them Ukrainian, were killed.

The Nakhimov began its life as a German hospital ship in World War Two, and was later remodelled by the Soviets.

The ship sank so fast that there was no time to release the lifeboats, which resulted in such severe casualties.

The communist officials did not allow the disaster to be reported for forty-eight hours.


Berlin_(III)SS Admiral Nakhimov (Адмирал Нахимов), launched in March 1925 and originally named SS Berlin III, was a passenger liner of the German Weimar Republic later converted to a hospital ship, then a Soviet passenger ship.



On this Day: the invention of Pepsi-Cola

574px-Pepsi_Cola_logo_1902_svgThe first logo used by Pepsi from 1898 to 1905.

The original Pepsi logo. X

Carbonated soft drink Pepsi, invented by American pharmacist Caleb Bradham, had its official birthday on the 28th of August, 1898.

Caleb_Davis_BradhamPhotograph of Caleb Davis Bradham (1867-1934), inventor of Pepsi-Cola.

Caleb Bradham circa 1900 X

Aged thirty-one at the time, Bradham had been selling the drink under the name “Brad’s Drink” in his North Carolina store. The name was changed to Pepsi-Cola after pepsin and kola nuts, both ingredients in the drink.


On this day: John Jacob Astor

American businessman John Jacob Astor, photographed on the 25th of August, 1909. He was the richest man on the RMS Titanic when it sank in 1912. Returning from his honeymoon at the time, he put his wife on a lifeboat and was last seen alive having a cigarette with writer Jacques Futrelle an hour before the ship disappeared into the ocean.

John_Jacob_Astor_1909John Jacob Astor in 1909 The richest man on the Titanic. Photographed on the 25th of August 1909.