On This Day: August 6

Tornado Talk Summary

Petersburg, VA F4 Tornado – August 6, 1993! Most intense tornado in VA since 1950. The twister caused an estimated $47.5 million in damage. Not only the costliest of the day but the costliest in the history of VA. 4 killed, 246 injured. Read the full summary here

Damage in Old Towne Petersburg (NWS Wakefield) .

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

August 6, 1907: An F4 tornado moved from 3 miles west of Lakes Mills, IA to near Hanlontown. A farm was swept away and three members of a family were killed. The were seeking shelter in a grove of trees. “One mutilated body was reportedly carried for nearly a mile and a half, the longest such distance on record.”

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2017, an EF2 tornado hit Tulsa, OK. It caused major damage to several structures and injured 30 people. Source. 

A store that was destroyed. Photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1959, Hurricane Dot struck Hawaii; despite making land fall as a Category 1, a 125 mph wind gust was recorded. Source

Dot's path via Wikimedia Commons.

Pieces of the Past

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

Sources:  onthisday.com, thisdayinmusic.com & Britannica

Historical Event

On this day in 1965: US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act prohibiting voting discrimination against minorities. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Lucille Ball was born August 6, 1911, in Jamestown, New York. She was a radio and motion-picture actress and longtime comedy star of American television, best remembered for her classic television comedy series I Love Lucy. She died in 1989. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1960: Chubby Checker performs his version of Hank Ballard’s “The Twist” on “The Dick Clark Show”, starting a worldwide dance craze. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1981: Stevie Nicks released her first solo album Bella Donna which contained four top 40 US hits. ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’, (with Tom Petty), ‘Leather and Lace’, (with Don Henley), ‘Edge of Seventeen’ and ‘After the Glitter Fades.’ Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

August 6 1945: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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