Aug. 31: Princess Diana Memorial Day, Eat Outside Day, Charleston Earthquake 125th Anniversary, National Trail Mix Day

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Princess Diana Memorial Day

Before William and Kate, before the hullabaloo surrounding the royal wedding of 2011, there was another royal wedding that captured the world's hearts: the wedding of Diana Spencer and Prince Charles. The pair wed on July 29, 1981, in front of a television audience, which included 55 million Americans. Nearly 23 million Americans watched the wedding of William and Kate.

Princess Diana was stylish, philanthropic and popular. She was killed with boyfriend Dodi Fayed in a Paris car crash on Aug. 31, 1997. Controversy surrounded the deaths, as the paparazzi were initially blamed. The couple's driver that night, Henri Paul, was eventually faulted for driving under the influence. "Tougher laws against intrusive photographers followed her death in a 1997 car accident while being pursued by paparazzi," according to the Christian Science Monitor.

Eat Outside Day

Enjoy the easy, carefree feeling of eating outside on the last day of August. Use your patio set before storing it for the winter, or spread out a blanket and have a picnic. Pack fresh fruit, grilled picnic-perfect chicken or vegetable kabobs, crusty bread and some spreadable cheese. Suggested picnic fare circa 1904 according to Foodtimeline:

* Roast beef or cold steak sandwiches, canned fruit, hermits.

* Baked bean sandwiches, potato salad, apples, gingersnaps.

* Lettuce sandwiches, stem strawberries with sugar, cream cheese balls, cookies.

Charleston Earthquake 125th Anniversary

The nation's capital was rocked by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake on Aug. 23. The first major earthquake recorded on the East Coast occurred on Aug. 31, 1886, in Charleston, S.C. The magnitude was 7.3 and claimed about 100 lives. The Preservation Society of Charleston is hosting an anniversary event at the historic Wentworth Mansion at 149 Wentworth Street in Charleston on August 28 according to the Facebook page of the University of Georgia Press.

National Trail Mix Day

Ancient nomads did it. Native Americans did it, too. They ate "nutritious, high-energy snacks composed variously of nuts, seeds, dried meats, dried fruits & berries" according to Foodtimeline. Try Hit the Trail Mix, Blaze-a-Trail Mix or name your own personal mix. Start with some basics including nuts and dried fruit, using one or more of each. Toss in a small amount of chocolate-covered goodness and mix it.

* Go tropical with dried pineapple, banana chips, Brazil nuts and unsweetened coconut flakes.

* Make it heart-healthy with almonds, toasted flax seeds and unsalted pumpkin seeds.

* Pump the taste volume of your homemade trail mix with chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, Macadamia nuts and crystallized ginger.

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