On This Day: June 19

Tornado Talk Summary

Lawrence, KS F3 Tornado – June 19, 1981: This tornado hit the SW side of Lawrence just after 6:30pm CT and moved southeast. The Storm Data Publication mentioned it briefly lifted and then set down again south of town. 22 homes were destroyed. A shopping center was hit and some of the smaller buildings were leveled. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

June 19, 1835: Grazulis documents a tornado that moved through Somerset and Middlesex Counties in New Jersey. It passed directly through New Brunswick and the village of Piscataway. About 150 buildings were destroyed, most in New Brunswick. Five people were killed along the path.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2021, Tropical Storm Claudette spawned a long-tracked EF2 tornado that tracked for 22 miles through Escambia and Conecuh counties in Alabama. Significant damage occurred in Brewerton, AL, where several mobile homes were leveled, and homes were ripped apart. 20 people were injured. Source. 

A destroyed mobile home, photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 2004, Annette Island, AK, reached 93 degrees.  Source

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: Union General Gordon Granger declares slaves are free in Texas, now the date the end of slavery is celebrated across the US as Juneteenth. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Lou Gehrig was born June 19, 1903, in New York, New York. He was one of the most durable players in American professional baseball and one of its great hitters. From June 1, 1925, to May 2, 1939, Gehrig, playing first base for the New York Yankees, appeared in 2,130 consecutive games, a record that stood until it was broken on September 6, 1995, by Cal Ripken, Jr., of the Baltimore Orioles. He died in 1941. 
Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1973: “The Rocky Horror Show” stage production first opens in London written by Richard O’Brian and directed by Jim Sharman and starring Tim Curry. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2006: Taylor Swift released her debut single ‘Tim McGraw’ as the lead single from her self-titled debut album. The track peaked at No.40 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

A very strong and powerful EF2 tornado tears through rural Meade County, South Dakota during the evening of June 19, 2015. Many farm outbuildings were damaged or destroyed, trees were snapped or uprooted, and ground scouring was observed. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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