On This Day: October 20

Tornado Talk Summary

On this day in 1963, an F2 tornado moved 5.9 miles through parts of Kingfisher and Garfield Counties in OK. A large barn “exploded” near the start of the path. 12 cattle were injured. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

October 20, 1837: Grazulis documents a tornado in Summit County, OH. No rating given. A house was “torn to pieces” in Stow. Three were killed instantly and a fourth person died of injuries later. After passing over Cochran Pond, more houses were hit and lost their roofs. Barns were struck. Chickens were found “plucked” of their feathers. 

Twister From The 2000s

On October 20, 2019, an EF3 tornado tracked for 15 miles across Dallas, TX. It caused $1.55 Billion in damage.  Numerous homes, offices, and shopping centers were damaged or destroyed. It is the costliest tornado in Texas history, at the time of writing. For more information click here.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

October 20, 2004: Typhoon Tokage weakened to a tropical storm and made landfall in Japan. Heavy rain triggered mud slides and flash flooding. Sadly, 95 were killed by the storm. Source.

Typhoon Tokage at peak intensity on October 16. 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 2011, the former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, and his son Moatassem Gaddafi are killed shortly after the battle of Sirte (2011) while in the custody of NTC fighters. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1882, Bela Lugosi, Hungarian-born motion-picture actor who was most famous for his sinister portrayal of the elegantly mannered vampire Count Dracula, was born in Lugos, Hungary [now Lugoj, Romania]. He died in 1956. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1930, the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, premiered on NBC radio! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2018, On what would have been Tom Petty’s 68th birthday, the city of Gainesville renamed the former Northeast Park, a park where a young Petty had often visited, as Tom Petty Park. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1944: Liquefied natural gas leaks from storage tanks in Cleveland and then explodes, leveling 30 blocks and killing 130 people. Image via Tim Evanson on Wikimedia Commons.

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