On This Day: June 29

Tornado Talk Summary

Only two tornadoes are listed in the Storm Prediction Center database for June 29, 1975 and they are on opposite sides of the country. An F0 quickly hit parts of Palm Beach County, FL and an F4 (perhaps a part of a family of tornadoes) caused tremendous damage in Slope, Hettinger and Grant Counties in North Dakota. Read the full summary on this F4 here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

June 29, 1877: Grazulis documents four tornadoes in Minnesota on this day. He gave a rating of F3 to three of them and one an F2 rating. There were three total fatalities. One F3 crossed through portions of Hennepin County. It was described as a “funnel shaped monster of the air….with a roar and rush of awful grandeur.” It moved at “Cold Spring”, 3 miles SW of Fort Snelling. Three homes and barns were lifted into the air. Pieces of furniture were carried six miles.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2014, two EF2 tornadoes struck north of Dodgeville, WI. Several homes were damaged, and farm buildings were destroyed.  Source. 

A farm that was damaged. Photo via NWS Milwaukee.
Debris strewn in a tree. Photo via NWS Milwaukee.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1928, an F4 tornado tracked for 15 miles through Weld County, CO, near Johnstown. Two people were killed, and 50 were injured. Several farms were leveled, and one family was nearly injured when a dead horse was thrown into their basement. Source: Significant Tornadoes 1880-1989. 

Severe tree damage near Johnstown. Photo via the Longmont Museum.

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 1964: Civil Rights Act of 1964 passes after an 83-day filibuster in the US Senate. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Ray Harryhausen was born June 29, 1920, Los Angeles, California. He was a filmmaker best known for his pioneering use of stop-motion animation effects. He died in 2013. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 2001: “A.I. Artificial Intelligence”, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law and Frances O’Connor, is released. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1985: David Bowie and Mick Jagger recorded a version of the Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 1964 hit ‘Dancing In The Street’ for the forthcoming Live Aid fundraising event. The single went on to become a No.1 UK hit. The original plan was to perform a track together live, with Bowie performing at Wembley Stadium and Jagger at John F. Kennedy Stadium, until it was realised that the satellite link-up would cause a half-second delay that would make this impossible unless either Bowie or Jagger mimed their contribution, something neither artist was willing to do. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

"The June 2012 Mid-Atlantic and Midwest derecho was one of the deadliest and most destructive fast-moving severe thunderstorm complexes in North American history. The progressive derecho tracked across a large section of the Midwestern United States and across the central Appalachians into the mid-Atlantic states on the afternoon and evening of June 29, 2012, and into the early morning of June 30, 2012. It resulted in a total of 22 deaths, millions of power outages across the entire affected region, and a damage total of US$2.9 billion which exceeded that of all other derecho events aside from the August 2020 Midwest derecho (estimated US$11 billion)." Image and caption via Wikipedia.

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