On This Day: February 20

Tornado Talk Summary

This summary looks back at an estimated F3 tornado from February 20, 1937. It moved through parts of Christian, Greene, and Webster Counties in Missouri. 11 people were injured. It had a path length of 32 miles. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

February 20, 1939: A possible F2 tornado moved northeast at “New Harmony” near Cragford, AL. A man was killed in his in-laws home. 9 others in the home were injured.

Twister From The 2000s

Twin EF2 tornadoes touched down near Thrall, TX, on February 20, 2017. The tornadoes damaged or destroyed several buildings and grain bins. Train cars were blown over too. Source

The destroyed grain bins. Photo via NWS San Antonio.
A house that was unroofed. Photo via NWS San Antonio.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

February 20, 1995: The temperature at the Civic Center in Los Angeles, reached 95 degrees. This is the highest temperature recorded at this site in February. 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 1979, 11 ‘loyalists’ known as the “Shankill Butchers” are sentenced to life in prison for 19 murders; the gang was named for its late-night kidnapping, torture and murder (by throat slashing) of random Catholic civilians in Belfast. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1988, Rihanna, Barbadian pop and rhythm-and-blues (R&B) singer who became a worldwide star in the early 21st century, known for her distinctive and versatile voice and for her fashionable appearance, was born in St. Michael parish, Barbados. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1971, National Emergency Center erroneously orders US radio & TV stations to go off the air. Mistake wasn’t resolved for 30 minutes! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2021, American pianist Gene Taylor died age 68 after being found dead at his home in his bed in Austin, Texas. The cause of death is believed to have been related to the house having been without heat in the dead of winter due to the state-wide power outages caused by the 2021 Texas power crisis. He was best known for his boogie-woogie style and worked with Big Joe Turner and T-Bone Walker, was briefly part of Canned Heat, toured with The Blasters, and later with The Fabulous Thunderbirds.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

February 20, 1962: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth, making three orbits in four hours, 55 minutes. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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