Today in History for September 20th



Climate records for today:


Highest temp recorded: 81 degrees F
Lowest temp recorded: 29 degrees F
Average high temp for today: 61 degrees F
Average low temp for today: 41 degrees F
Average data is based on 34 to 35 years (1971 to 2005) at Marquette Airport and WFO Marquette, Negaunee, MI.
Record data is based on 50 years (1961 to 2011) at Marquette Airport and WFO Marquette, Negaunee, MI.

Today in the UP:


Shipwreck-gale

On September 20, 1907, the wood, bulk freight Alex. Nimick, while carrying coal, pressed on for Duluth in a gale after sheltering behind Whitefish Pt. for a day, then was driven on a bar 13 miles west of Vermilion Pt. near the mouth of the Two-Hearted River on Lake Superior. The 11 survivors out of the 17 aboard made it to shore in a lifeboat. Vessel pounded to pieces in 26 feet of water.


Early snow

On September 20, 1956, Sault Ste Marie, MI recorded 2.7 inches of snow, the largest snowfall for September recorded at the station.




Today in History 09-20


Fun Facts
1519 Magellan starts 1st successful circumnavigation of the world
1777 Paoli massacre
1797 US frigate Constitution --Old Ironsides launched in Boston
1850 Slave trade abolished in DC but slavery allowed to continue
1854 British & French defeat Russians at Alma in the Crimea
1859 Patent granted on the electric range
1863 Civil War Battle of Chickamauga near Chattanooga TN ended
1879 US Grants come to SF for elaborate extended visit
1884 Equal Rights Party nominates female candidates for Pres & VP
1911 Yanks set team record 12 errors in a double header
1945 German rocket engineers begin work in US
1951 1st North Pole jet crossing
1954 1st FORTRAN computer program run
1961 After 84 1/3 innings Bill Fischer gives up a base on balls
1961 Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season Yanks clinch pennant #26
1968 Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536
1970 Luna 16 lands on Moon's Mare Fecunditatis drills core sample
1973 Billy Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match
1980 Plaque dedicated in Thurmon Munson's memory at Yankee Stadium
1985 WDW's 200-millonth guest


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