On This Day: July 11

Tornado Talk Summary

An F3 tornado hit portions of Westmoreland County, PA on July 11, 1976. Per Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes: The tornado traveled 13 miles from near Delmont to Salem and Unit Townships, near the Latrobe-area hospital to Clover Hill, Oakville, and Darlington. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

July 11, 1929: Several tornadoes are recorded by Grazulis on this day. One was given an F3 rating. It moved through the Devil’s Lake Area in North Dakota. All buildings on a farm were destroyed. 18 people were injured along the path, 15 of which were members of a railroad crew. Their car was derailed.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2016, an EF2 tornado struck Litchfield, MN, causing significant damage to three homes and rolling a double-wide trailer. Source. 

Trailer that was rolled, photo via Twin Cities.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1976, an F2 tornado tracked for nearly 29 miles through Jefferson County, PA. A trailer park near Brookville was destroyed, and a woman there was killed. Several frame homes and a gas station were ripped apart. Source: Significant Tornadoes 1880-1989. 

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 1405: Chinese fleet commander Zheng He sets sail on his first major expedition, to the Spice Islands, leading 208 vessels, including 62 treasure ships with 27,800 sailors. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Giorgio Armani was born July 11, 1934, in Piacenza, Italy. He is a fashion designer whose signature style of relaxed yet luxurious ready-to-wear and elegant, intricately beaded evening wear helped introduce ease and streamlined modernity to late 20th-century dressing. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1967: “The Newlywed Game” premieres in the US on ABC TV. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1969: ‘Space Oddity’ by David Bowie was released in the UK for the first time. It was timed to coincide with the Apollo moon landing but had to be re-released before it became a hit, later in the year in the UK (but not until 1973 in the US). Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs ‘Ashes to Ashes’, ‘Hallo Spaceboy’ and possibly the music video for ‘Blackstar’. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

On this day in 2017: A very large, high-end EF2 tornado moves through rural Traill County, North Dakota during the evening of July 11, 2017. This tornado snapped trees and destroyed several farm buildings along its path, with peak winds estimated at 135 mph. There were no injuries or fatalities. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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