On This Day: January 20

Tornado Talk Summary

On January 20, 2012, an EF3 tornado moved through Harrison County, TX into Caddo Parish, LA. Maximum winds in Harrison County were estimated at 150-160 mph. Read the full summary here

Radar snapshot of the EF3 tornado near Waskom, TX. A debris ball was noted on radar as the tornado was passing over Interstate 20 near Mile Marker 628. Several homes and businesses were either completely destroyed or heavily damaged.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

January 20, 1854: Grazulis documents a tornado that moved 10 miles through parts of Knox County, OH. Log cabins, barns and other buildings were hit and “several churches were blown down.” He denotes that there were a clean swath cut through a wood area. “It seems newsto have worn the appearance of mighty black pillar, reaching from earth to heaven, irritated by blinding flashes of lightning, and accompanied, in its devastating march, by the music of a hundred cannon.” Three people were killed and 25 injured.

Twister From The 2000s

January 20, 2010: An EF2 tornado hit about 3 miles south of Larue, TX. Along the one-mile path, seven homes and the Larue Church of Christ were ripped apart. Source

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

January 20, 1937: This was the wettest Inauguration Day on record. 1.77″ of rain fell on DC as Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in for his second term. Source

Photo taken at FDR's inauguration in 1937. Photo via NWS Aberdeen.

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 1869, Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes 1st woman to testify before US Congress. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1930, Buzz Aldrin, American astronaut who was the second person to set foot on the Moon, was born in Montclair, New Jersey. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1998, “Dawson’s Creek” created by Kevin Williamson, starring James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson premieres on WB in the US! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1982, During an Ozzy Osbourne concert in Des Moines, Iowa, a member of the audience threw a bat onto the stage. Stunned by the light, the bat lay motionless, and thinking it was a rubber fake, the singer picked it up and attempted to bite its head off. As he did this, the bat started to flap its wings and Ozzy soon realized it wasn’t fake but in fact a living thing. After the show Ozzy was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital for rabies shots. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

January 20, 2021: Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States.

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