On This Day: January 31

Tornado Talk Summary

This summary looks back at an estimated F4 tornado from January 31, 1908. It crossed through parts of Jefferson, Copiah, and Simpson Counties in MS. There were 40 injuries and seven fatalities. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

January 31, 1908: Grazulis documents another tornado to occur on this day in 1908. It was an F2 near Lucedale, MS. Two people were killed in separate homes.

Twister From The 2000s

January 31, 2020: A tornado tracked for nearly five miles across parts of the Florida Everglades in Monroe County, FL. The tornado had a well-defined debris signature on the radar. Since it moved over swampland, no damage was found and was given a rating of EF-U. Source

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

January 31, 1982: A winter storm caused blizzard-like conditions in St. Louis, MO. Up to 20″ of snow fell. 4,000 motorists were stranded. Source.  

Cars that were stranded. Photo via NWS St. Louis.

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 1865, Congress passes the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (passes 121-24)

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1919, Jackie Robinson, the first Black baseball player to play in the American major leagues during the 20th century, was born in Cairo, Georgia. He died in 1972. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1949, 1st daytime soap on TV “These Are My Children” (NBC in Chicago)! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1978, Greg Herbert saxophone player with Blood Sweat & Tears died of an accidental drug overdose in Amsterdam, Holland aged 30. Blood, Sweat & Tears won a Grammy Award in 1969 for Album of the Year.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

January 31, 1971: Apollo 14 Astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell, aboard a Saturn V, lift off for a mission to the Fra Mauro Highlands on the Moon. Photo from the Apollo 14 mission, via Wikimedia Commons.

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