On This Day: February 26

Tornado Talk Summary

This summary looks back at the tornadoes of February 26, 1958. The SPC database lists 14 tornadoes, half of these in the state of Mississippi. Three of the twisters listed have extremely long, continuous path lengths. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

February 26, 1934: Three farm homes were destroyed near La Crosse, Fl. One person killed and four injured. Rating given: F2

Twister From The 2000s

On February 26, 2008, an EF3 tornado struck Carroll County, GA just north of Bowden. Six homes were destroyed and 120 others were damaged. One person was injured. Source

Homes that were ripped apart, photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

On this day in 1972, a dam at the Pittston Coal Company in Logan County, WV, burst. A 50-foot wall of water swept down the Buffalo Creek, devastating 16 towns along its bank. 4,000 people were left homeless, 125 people were killed, and over 1,000 were injured. 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 1935, RADAR (Radio Detection and Ranging) first demonstrated by Robert Watson-Watt. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Johnny Cash, byname of J.R. Cash, (born February 26, 1932, Kingsland, Arkansas, U.S.—died September 12, 2003, Nashville, Tennessee), American singer and songwriter whose work broadened the scope of country and western music. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1916, Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this Day in 1983: Michael Jackson’s Thriller went to No.1 on the US album chart. Thriller broke racial barriers in pop music, enabling Jackson’s appearances on MTV and meeting with President Ronald Reagan at the White House. The album was one of the first to use music videos as successful promotional tools, and the videos for the songs ‘Thriller’, ‘Billie Jean’, and ‘Beat It’ all received regular rotation on MTV. Thriller became the most successful album of all time with sales over 65 million copies. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

February 26, 1919: President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of Congress establishing the Grand Canyon National Park. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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