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!
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.
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.
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.
A Look Back Through The Ages! On This Day In History!
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!
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!
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!
Note: There are some images/videos in our summaries that were licensed to us to be used only on this website. If you would like to use an image/video in your project or blog, please contact us and we will grant permission if possible.
Newspaper clips are embedded via newspapers.com. Please see their terms and conditions.
Would you like to see more summaries like this one? Support Tornado Talk on Patreon! Become a Patron!