On This Day: August 20

Tornado Talk Summary

August 20, 1914: A brief but intense tornado ripped through Wilkes-Barre, PA. A total of 25 homes were completely destroyed and over 100 others were damaged. Seven were killed and 75 injured. Read the full summary here

A house that was thrown onto its side. Photo via Stu Beitler. 

SIGTOR Spotlight

Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!

August 20, 1928: Grazulis documented an F4 tornado that moved 40 miles from near the Iowa-Minnesota state line, passing NW of Emmons, hitting just south of Twin Lakes and just north of Glenville. “Near Glenville, damage was near-F5 as an entire farm was swept away.” One woman was killed near Glenville and five others were killed at Austin. 

Twister From The 2000s

A QLCS moved across Iowa on the early morning hours of August 20, 2019. It produced four tornadoes. The strongest was an EF3 that hit near Lacona. Metal buildings were leveled. Get more information on this event from the NWS Des Moines

A metal building that was demolished, via NWS Des Moines.
Another metal building that was leveled, via NWS Des Moines.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

 On August 20, 1886, a Category 4 hurricane made landfall in Indianola, Texas. The town was destroyed and never rebuilt. At least 74 people were killed. As of the time of writing, this ranks as the 8th most intense hurricane at landfall in the United States. For more information click here

Pieces of the Past

A Look Back Through The Ages!  On This Day In History! 

Sources:  onthisday.com, thisdayinmusic.com & Britannica

Historical Event

In 1866, President Andrew Johnson formally declared that the U.S. Civil War is over. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com!

Famous Birthday

Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States was born on this day in 1833, in North Bend, OH. Source:  Britannica.

Film and TV

“This Is Us”, the 3D concert film of the music group One Direction, directed by Morgan Spurlock premiered in London. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2020, American rock drummer Frankie Banali died from pancreatic cancer age 68. He is most widely known for his work with multi-platinum heavy metal band Quiet Riot. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

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