On This Day: October 29

Tornado Talk Summary

Dorrance-Hunter, KS F3 Tornado – Oct 29, 1956! 3 homes, many barns & sheds were “demolished”. A large dairy was struck west of Dorrance. A mom & her baby were thrown out of a house into a field 50-60 feet away. They suffered only cuts and bruises. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

October 19, 1942: This tornado was given an F4 rating by Grazulis. It moved through the northern half of Berryville, AR. Approximately 137 buildings were destroyed and homes were swept away. Tragically, 29 deaths occurred in 13 different homes. He lists the path length at 2 miles, but it could have been longer. 

Twister From The 2000s

On October 29, 2009, an EF2 tornado struck Shreveport and Bossier City, LA. Over 100 homes were damaged or destroyed along the 16-mile path. Significant damage also occurred to several car dealerships. Source

Damage in Bossier City, LA, photo via NWS Shreveport.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

October 29, 1948: Between October 27-31 a thick blanket of smog enveloped the town of Donora, PA. 20 people were killed, and there were over 7,000 reported respiratory issues as a result of it. 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 1986, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opened the final stretch of London’s Orbital Motorway, the M25. Then the world’s longest ring road at 117 miles (188.3 km). Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1947, Richard Dreyfuss, American film actor known for his portrayals of ordinary men driven to emotional extremes, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1956, NBC anchors Chet Huntley and David Brinkley first team up in “The Huntley–Brinkley Report”! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1971, Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle on a Macon, Georgia street while trying to swerve to avoid a tractor-trailer and was thrown from the motorcycle. The motorcycle bounced into the air, landed on Allman and skidded another 90 feet with Allman pinned underneath. He was three weeks shy of his 25th birthday. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

Post-Tropical Storm Sandy makes landfall over Brigantine, New Jersey as a powerful extratropical cyclone on October 29, 2012. Sandy brought catastrophic damage to parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States, leaving over $65 billion in damages and taking the lives of 157 people. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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