1937- A chilly day brings record cold to the mid state. Nashville’s low temperature is 11, with the high reaching just 17 degrees.
1886 – A great snowstorm hit the southern Appalachain Mountains. The three day storm produced 25 inches at Rome Georgia, 33 inches at Asheville, North Carolina, and 42 inches in the mountains. Montgomery, Alabama received a record eleven inches of snow. Columbia, South Carolina received one to two inches of sleet.
1970 – A windstorm toppled the National Christmas Tree at the White House.
1977- Baseball-size hail is reported in Putnam County.
1886 – A big snowstorm in the southeastern U.S. produced 11 inches at Montgomery Alabama, 18.5 inches at Rome, Georgia, and 22.5 inches at Knoxville, Tennessee.
1982- Crossville’s high of 72 degrees is a new December record.
1982 – The temperature in New York City’s Central Park reached 72 degrees to establish a record high for December. The month as a whole was also the warmest of record.
1791 – Britain’s “The Observer” is first published, the oldest Sunday newspaper in the world.
1926 – Yuma, Arizona, was soaked with 1.10 inch of rain, and by the 10th of the month had received 4.43 inches, making it the wettest December of record. The average annual rainfall for Yuma is 3.38 inches.
1775 – First official US flag raised (Grand Union Flag) aboard naval vessel USS Alfred.
1999 – NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere
1991- Nashville measures 3.07″ of rainfall, for a 3-day total of 5.96″. Crossville receives 3.57″ for a remarkable 3-day total of 8.16″.
1970 – A tornado, 400 yards in width, touched down about one mile below the summit of Timpanogos Divide. Trees up to 18 inches in diameter were snapped, and some of the 38-inch snow cover was carried 1000 feet above the ground as the tornado traveled one mile.
1982 – A tornado destroyed a home four miles south of Eastwood, Missouri. The owners were not injured in that tornado, but ironically one was killed Christmas Eve when another tornado hit the replacement mobile home on the same site.
1913 – A six-day front range snowstorm began. It produced a record total of 46 inches at Denver, Colorado.
1913 – Ford Motor Company institutes world’s 1st moving assembly line for the Model T Ford
1955 – Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to move to the back of a bus and give her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama.
1957 – Lee slope winds enhanced by Hurricane Nina gusted to 82 mph at Honolulu, Hawaii, a record wind gust for that location. Wainiha, on the island of Kauai, was deluged with 20.42 inches of rain, and 35 foot waves pounded some Kauai beaches, even though the eye of the hurricane was never within 120 miles of the islands.
2017 – World’s longest recorded rainbow – 8 hrs 58 min in Taipei’s Yangmingshan mountain range
1955- Low temperature of 5 degrees sets a monthly record at Crossville.
1896 – The mercury plunged to 51 degrees below zero at Havre, Montana. It marked the culmination of a two week-long cold wave caused by a stagnate high pressure area like those over Siberia during the winter. During the month of November temperatures across Montana and the Dakotas averaged 15 to 25 degrees below normal.
1921 – New England was in the midst of a four day icestorm, their worst of record. Ice was more than three inches thick in many places following the storm, and property damage was in the millions of dollars. Northern New England received heavy snow with more than two feet reported in some areas. Overnight freezing rains continued through the day at Worcester, Massachusetts, while the wind increased to a gale. Streets become impassable even on foot, and whole towns were plunged into darkness without communication. The storm caused 20 million dollars damage to power lines, telephone lines and trees.
1883 – Fire engines were called out in New York City and New Haven, Connecticut, as a result of the afterglow of the sunset due to vivid red ash from the Krakatoa Volcano explosion in August.
1920 – “The Mark of Zorro” directed by Fred Niblo and starring Douglas Fairbanks is shown in New York – 1st American superhero film.
1925- F3 tornado touches down near Charlotte (Dickson County). Two farms, six miles apart, lost buildings. Timber is downed between the two farms. On the first farm, a two-story log home is blown apart. Logs were driven into the ground 100 yards away. Damage is estimated at $10,000.
1789 – First national Thanksgiving in America
1950- Temperature at Clarksville plummets to -2 degrees, setting a record low for the month. Nashville’s -1 also establishes a monthly record.
1970 – The temperature at Tallahassee, Florida, dipped to 13 degrees, following a high of 40 degrees the previous day. The mercury then reached 67 degrees on the 26th, and highs were in the 70s the rest of the month.
1950- Nashville records greatest one-day snowfall for November, measuring 7.2″.
1639 – 1st observation of Transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree – helped establish size of the Solar System.
2004 – An outbreak of severe thunderstorms produced reports of 54 tornadoes across portions of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama. In Texas’s Hardin county, one person was killed with three injured when a tornado struck during the afternoon
1863 – Patent granted for a process of making color photographs
1929- Five inches of snow fall at Nashville, the most ever measured on this date.
2017 – Vanellope Wilkins, born with her heart outside her body, is first UK baby to survive birth and operations to reinsert her heart
1798 – A four day storm was in progress in the northeastern U.S. The storm dropped a foot of snow on New York City and New Haven, and as much as three feet in Maine and New Hampshire. The snowstorm ushered in a long and severe winter, in some places the ground remained covered with snow until the following May.