On This Day: March 26

Tornado Talk Summary

Per the SPC database, 17 tornadoes occurred on March 26, 1976. Two were rated F4 (1 in OK, 1 in MS). At 328pm CT, a tornado that would be rated officially F5 traveled 11.9 miles through parts of LeFlore County, OK. There were 64 injuries and 2 fatalities reported. Tremendous damage occurred in and around the town of Spiro. Read the full summary here

[Photograph 2012.201.B1215.0773] hosted by The Gateway to Oklahoma History Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma Times newspaper. Caption: "A battered foundation is all that remains of the John Trout home in Spiro after a tornado ripped it apart Friday."

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

March 26, 1928: An F3 tornado moved four miles through Cherokee County, GA. Six small homes and several barns were destroyed near Orange. Six deaths occurred in three of those homes. Four of those deaths were in one tenant home and they were all members of one family. “The bodies were found a quarter mile from the empty foundation.” Grazulis states that this may have been a violent tornado but it was only poor construction hit so hard to know for sure.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2009, an EF3 tornado struck Magee, MS. 60 homes were damaged or destroyed, and 25 people were injured. Source

A church that was destroyed, photo via NWS Jackson.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

On this day in 1987, A U.S. Air Force rocket being launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, was struck by lightning. Source

Photo of the lightning strike, via NWS Aberdeen.

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 1812: Earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale destroys 90% of Caracas, Venezuela and kills an estimated 15,000–20,000 people. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Nancy Pelosi was born March 26, 1940 in Baltimore, MD. She is a Democratic politician who is  a congresswoman from California in the U.S. House of Representatives (1987– present). Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1973, TV soap opera “The Young & the Restless” premieres on CBS. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1965: Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman all received electric shocks from a faulty microphone on stage during a Rolling Stones show in Denmark. Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious for several minutes. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

March 26, 1954: Nuclear weapons testing: The Romeo shot of Operation Castle is detonated at Bikini Atoll. Yield: 11 megatons. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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