On This Day: December 8

Tornado Talk Summary

Nine tornadoes were confirmed on December 8, 1966. All but two were in the state of Missouri. In this summary we look at a tornado that moved 1.3 miles through Washington County, MO. There were two injuries. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

December 8, 1890: An F3 tornado destroyed a home and all barns on a farm three miles SW of Jersey, GA. Debris was carried into Jersey. “A father and child were blown 300 yards to their death.” 

Twister From The 2000s

December 8, 2008: An EF2 tornado injured three people as it damaged dozens of homes across the southwestern side of Denison, TX. Source. 

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

December 8, 2002: Super Typhoon Pongsona made landfall on Guam, causing extensive damage. The combination of 144 mph sustained winds (Category 4) and 20 feet of storm surge, destroyed over 1,300 homes, and damaged nearly 7,000 others. One person was killed, and 193 were injured on the island. Source

Homes destroyed on Guam, 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 1941, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers “Day of Infamy” speech to US Congress a day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1925, Sammy Davis, Jr., American singer, dancer, and entertainer, was born in New York, New York. He died in 1990. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1982, “Sophie’s Choice”, directed by Alan J. Pakula and based on William Styton’s 1979 novel of the same name, starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, is released (Academy Awards Best Actress 1983)! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1963, Frank Sinatra Jr was kidnapped at gunpoint from a hotel in Lake Tahoe. He was released two days later after his father paid out the $240,000 ransom demanded by the kidnappers, who were later captured, and sentenced to long prison terms. In order to communicate with the kidnappers via a payphone the senior Sinatra carried a roll of dimes with him throughout this ordeal, which became a lifetime habit, he is said to have been buried with a roll of dimes. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

1st Lt. Jonathan Greene receives the Pilot of the Year award at the 148th Fighter Wing’s 2019 awards and retirement ceremony on December 8, 2019. Photo via the National Archives.

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