It was the second time in 26 years that the town of Xenia, OH was hit by a major tornado. Some of the same areas struck by the 1974 F5 were hit again by an F4 on September 20, 2000. Along the 9 mile path, approximately 250 homes and 40 businesses were damaged/destroyed. There was one fatality. Read the full summary here!
Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!
September 20, 1937: Grazulis documents a quick-hitting F2 tornado spawned by an easterly wave. It destroyed a barn near the St. Johns River in St. Johns County, FL.
On September 20, 2002, an F3 tornado tracked for 112 miles through central Indiana. It passed through the southern and eastern sides of the Indianapolis Metro. Extensive damage occurred to homes, businesses, and schools. There were 130 injuries, but no fatalities. For more information and photos check out the NWS Indianapolis.
There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes?
On This Day in OTHER weather history!
September 20, 2002: Chunks of rocks hanging off of Mt. Dzhimarai-Khokh fell onto the Kola Glacier in Russia. The glacier “shattered,” setting off an avalanche. The avalanche buried the town of Nizhniy Karmadon, killing 125 people. Source.
On this day in 1519, Spanish expedition led by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set off on the 1st successful circumnavigation of the globe (Magellan killed on route). Check out more historical events at onthisday.com!
On this day in 1934, Italian film actress Sophia Loren was born on this day in 1934. She rose above her poverty-stricken origins in postwar Naples to become universally recognized as one of Italy’s most beautiful women and its most famous movie star. Source: Britannica.
Film & TV
On this day in 1999, TV crime procedural “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” created by Dick Wolf, starring Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni premiered on NBC! Get more daily history at onthisday.com!
On this day in 1972, Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for the second time in four weeks for possession of cannabis this time at their Scottish farmhouse in Campbeltown. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!
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