On This Day: December 26

Tornado Talk Summary

A very strong storm system produced 12 tornadoes across parts of North and Central Texas on December 26, 2015. The strongest that day was rated EF-4. It began in Sunnyvale, TX (Dallas County). Several mobile homes were destroyed in this area. The tornado then traveled through the communities of Garland and Rowlett causing tremendous damage and loss of life. Read the full summary here

"This flipped SUV end up in the back yard of a home that sustained EF2 damage."

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

December 26, 1942: An F2 tornado moved 15 miles through parts of Nacogdoches and Rusk Counties i Texas. 20 homes were destroyed from Appleby to Caledonia. After the storms, colder air moved in and caused snow and sleet to fall on Appleby. Rural homes were hit near Arlam and Caledonia where five people, mainly children were killed. 

Twister From The 2000s

December 26, 2015: An EF3 tornado tracked for over 8 miles through the Midlothian, Olivia, and Glenn Heights, TX. Extensive damage occurred to several homes, a church, and a school. 46 people were injured. Source

Extensive damage to Donald T Shields Elementary School. Photo from the DAT.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

December 26, 2004: A 9.1 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that decimated coastal towns around the Indian Ocean. Waves reached heights of up to 100 feet. Over 227,000 people were killed. Source

A town in Sumatra that was destroyed. Photo 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 1811, A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable.. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1891, Henry Miller, U.S. writer and perennial Bohemian whose autobiographical novels achieve a candour—particularly about sex—that made them a liberating influence in mid-20th-century literature, was born in New York City, Ny. He died in 1980. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1951, “The African Queen”, directed by John Huston and based on the 1935 novel of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, is released in LA, California (Academy Awards Best Actor 1952)! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2019, American singer, musician and actor Sleepy LaBeef died age 84. As a rockabilly artist he was noted for his extensive repertoire, and for his live performances, at one time undertaking some 300 performances a year and claimed to know 6,000 songs. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

A solar eclipse was visible across southeastern Asia on December 26, 2019. This photo was taken in Sri Lanka during totality. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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