On This Day: January 19

Tornado Talk Summary

Liberty Chapel, MS F4 Tornado – January 19, 1988! The NWS described this twister as “an extremely powerful, but compact tornado.” It was the strongest of the 13 that occurred across parts of the southern US #OTD. 5 homes destroyed. 1 injury. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

January 19, 1928: A possible F3 tornado with a path of less than 1 mile moved north through the “Cumminsville” area of NW Cincinnati, OH. Twenty homes were unroofed along Spring Grove Avenue. 18 people were injured. 

Twister From The 2000s

January 19, 2019: An EF2 tornado tracked for 18 miles through central Elmore County, AL. It made a direct hit on the town of Wetumpka. Numerous homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed in the town, and many cars were tossed. Four people were injured. Source

Homes that were destroyed. Photo via NWS Birmingham.
Cars that were tossed and destroyed. Photo via NWS Birmingham.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

January 19, 1996: The Flood of 1996 caused major damage across much of Pennsylvania. The combination of unseasonably mild temperatures and heavy rain from a squall line caused the snow from the blizzard from one week before, quickly melt. A few of the locations that experienced major flooding included Altoona, Pittsburgh, Hollidaysburg, Harrisburg, Bedford, and Huntingdon. 17 Pennsylvanians lost their lives. Source

Clipping from the January 20, 1996 Copy of the Altoona Mirror accessed via newspaperarchive.com

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 1883, The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1946, Dolly Parton, American country music singer, guitarist, and actress best known for pioneering the interface between country and pop music styles, was born in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1940, The Three Stooges film “You Nazty Spy!” about the Nazis released with the disclaimer “Any resemblance between the characters in this picture and any persons, living or dead, is a miracle.”! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1988, Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe manager Doc McGhee pleaded guilty to importing more than 40,000lb of marijuana into the US from Colombia via a shrimp boat. McGhee received a five-year suspended prison sentence, a fine of $15,000, and was ordered to set up an anti-drugs foundation. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

January 19, 1983: Apple announces the Apple Lisa, one of the first commercial personal computers that used a Graphic User Interface (GUI). Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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