On This Day: December 21

Tornado Talk Summary

An estimated F4 tornado moved through parts of Iron and Washington Counties in Missouri during the early AM of December 21, 1967. 52 were injured and 3 were killed along the 27.9 mile path. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

December 21, 1891: A possible F2 tornado moved “slowly” from 4 miles SW of Marshalltown to the west side of town. A house and four barns were destroyed. Grazulis report that one personal was thrown 200 yards. He lists no fatalities. Newspapers at the times stated that a man was fatally injured. 

Twister From The 2000s

December 21, 2013: An EF2 tornado tracked for 41 miles from near Dermott AR to near Cleveland, MS. Extensive damage occurred to several homes and mobile homes and barns. Two people were injured when two tractor-trailers were tossed. Source

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

December 21, 1892: Heavy snow began to fall on Portland, Oregon. By the time it ended on December 23, the town had 26″ of snow. Source

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 1988, 1988 The Lockerbie disaster: A terrorist bomb destroys Pan Am Flight 103 mid-air, over Scotland; kills all 259 passengers and crew on board, and 11 people on the ground. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1959, Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter who set world records in the 100 metres (10.49 seconds) and 200 metres (21.34 seconds) that have stood since 1988, was born in Los Angeles, California. She died in 1998. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1937, The first full-length animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1992, merican blues singer and guitarist, Albert King died from a heart attack in Memphis, Tennessee. He recorded dozens of influential songs, such as ‘Crosscut Saw’ and ‘As The Years Go Passing By’, and the 1967 album, ‘Born Under a Bad Sign.’ Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

December 10, 2010: This panoramic photo, taken by ESO Photo Ambassador Yuri Beletsky, shows the view of the starry sky from the site of ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at Cerro Paranal during the total lunar eclipse of 21 December 2010. The reddish disc of the Moon is seen on the right of the image, while the Milky Way arches across the heavens in all its beauty. Another faint glow of light is also visible, surrounding the brilliant planet Venus in the bottom left corner of the picture. This phenomenon, known as zodiacal light, is produced by sunlight reflecting off dust in the plane of the planets. It is so faint that it’s normally obscured by moonlight or light pollution. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth’s shadow blocks direct sunlight from the Moon. The Moon is still visible, red in colour because only light rays at the red end of the spectrum are able to reach the Moon after being redirected through the Earth’s atmosphere (the blue and green light rays are scattered much more strongly). Photo and caption via Wikimedia Commons.

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