August 31 - The cargo ship Khian Sea departs from the docks of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, carrying tons of toxic waste. It wanders the seas for the next 16 months trying to find a place to dump its cargo.
The Terra Nova. Captain Robert Scott left the city of Cardiff, Wales, in 1910 with the aim of becoming the first expedition to reach the South Pole. But he was beaten to it by a Norwegian team led by Roald Amundsen.