On This Day: November 20

Tornado Talk Summary

A tornado or not a tornado, that is the question! This event in Detroit, MI on November 20, 1957 was a head-scratcher. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

November 20, 1900: What may have been a family of tornadoes that covered 90 miles moved from Coahoma County, MS to Fayette County, TN. 30 people were killed along the path. In Tunica County, several plantations were devastated at Lula and south of Dundee. 15 people were killed in these area. “Bodies were reportedly carried for a half mile.” Rating given: F4. 

Twister From The 2000s

November 20, 2004, an F1 tornado touched down briefly six miles southeast of Victoria, TX. Several sheds were destroyed, and homes had siding blown off. Source

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

November 20, 1985: Hurricane Kate reached peak intensity in the Gulf of Mexico (Category 3, 125 mph). It made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on November 22. Source

Kate at peak intensity on November, 20. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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 1911, The funeral of Paul and Laura Lafargue (daughter of Karl Marx) in Paris is attended by Lenin; the two socialists died in a suicide pact in the belief that their political usefulness was at an end. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1942, Joe Biden, 46th president of the United States (2021– ), was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1982, Drew Barrymore at age 7 hosts “Saturday Night Live”! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1955, The song that changed popular music history ‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley & His Comets went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. The song was used under the opening credits of the film Blackboard Jungle. The song entered the charts a further six times until 1974. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

November 20, 1968: A total of 78 miners are killed in an explosion at the Consolidated Coal Company's No. 9 mine in Farmington, West Virginia in the Farmington Mine disaster. Image via Wikimedia Commons. From the caption: Fire and smoke pouring from the Consol No. 9 mine in Farmington, West Virginia following an explosion. Geolocation based on assumption that this is the Llewellyn Run portal; location inferred from mine maps and local topography.

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