On This Day: March 20

Tornado Talk Summary

Per the SPC Database, 48 tornadoes occurred on March 20, 1976. Three were rated F4. In this summary, we will look at the first F4 of the day. It occurred during the early afternoon in Macon, Piatt, Champaign, and Vermillion Counties in Illinois. The path length was 63.7 miles, and the maximum width 800 yards. There were 18 reported injuries. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

March 20, 1917: An F4 tornado moved nine miles through Clark and Dallas Counties in Arkansas. Five people in one home were killed one mile north of Dalark. Bodies were carried a quarter mile.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2003, an F3 tornado tracked for 25 miles across parts of Mitchell and Worth Counties in Georgia. The town of Camilla was hit hard, and the tornado killed six people and injured 200 others. The twister followed a nearly identical trek to an F3 that struck in February 2000.  Source

An aerial view of the damage in Camilla, via NWS Tallahassee.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

Great Britain’s strongest measured wind gust occurred on this day in 1986. A 172 mph gust was recorded at Scotland’s Cairngorm Mountain. 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 1930, American fast food restaurant chain “KFC” [Kentucky Fried Chicken] is founded by Colonel Harland Sanders in North Corbin, Kentucky. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1950, William Hurt, American actor who transitioned from roles as a leading man to a series of distinctive character roles in the latter portion of his career, was born in Washington, D.C., U.S. He died in 2022. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1948, 1st live televised symphony performances: Eugene Ormandy leads Philadelphia Orchestra on CBS, followed 90 minutes later by Arturo Toscanini leading the NBC Orchestra on NBC! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2020, Kenny Rogers, singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur died age 81. He charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topping the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the US alone. He was voted the “Favorite Singer of All-Time” in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1964: The precursor of the European Space Agency, ESRO (European Space Research Organisation) is established per an agreement signed on June 14, 1962.

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