On This Day: July 20

Tornado Talk Summary

Minneapolis, MN F3 Tornado – July 20, 1951. It was called the most damaging Minnesota tornado to date, but Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes questions that statement. He believes this was a “complex combination of tornadoes and microbursts” and that much of the damage was due to the strong microbursts. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

July 20, 1876: An estimated F3 tornado moved near Raymore, MO. “In one home, people were thrown 150 feet in different directions, resulting in a death. In another home, a child died in its mother’s arms.”

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2017, an EF2 tornado tracked for 6.2 miles through Hamburg, NY. Numerous structures were damaged. Hundreds of car windows were shattered at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Source. 

A garage that was unroofed. Photo via NWS Buffalo.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On the evening of July 19, 1977, continuing through July 20, training storms drop over 12″ of rain in Johnstown, PA. The heavy caused 6 dams to break and resulted in devastating flooding that destroyed most of downtown Johnstown and several surrounding boroughs. 84 people were killed. Source

Destruction in downtown Johnstown via Wikimedia Commons.

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 1921: Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson becomes the first woman to preside over the floor of US House of Representatives. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Carlos Santana was born July 20, 1947, in Autlán de Navarro, Mexico. He is a musician whose popular music combined rock, jazz, blues, and Afro-Cuban rhythms with a Latin sound. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1984: Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America due to publication of nude photos of her. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1940: Billboard’s first comprehensive record chart was published. The magazine had previously published best-seller lists submitted by the individual record companies, but the new chart combined the top sellers from all major labels. Their first number one song was ‘I’ll Never Smile Again’ by Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

Apollo 11's crew successfully makes the first manned landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969. Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first humans to walk on the Moon six and a half hours later. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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