On This Day: April 13

Tornado Talk Summary

An F3 tornado traveled 15.9 miles through parts of Harrison County, MS on this day in 1980. The max width was 400 yards and there were 25 injuries reported. Most of the damage was in the Gulfport area (estimated damage at $10 million at that time).  Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

April 13, 1921: An F4 tornado moved 11 miles through Collin County, TX. The central and eastern parts of Melissa were destroyed. “The business district was destroyed, except for the bank. A hotel was turned 90 degrees on its foundation.” Eleven people were killed and 80 injured. Four of the injuries occurred at a school.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2020, an EF4 tornado slashed a 24 mile path through Hampton County, SC. Five people were killed, and 60 were injured. The 175 mph winds damaged or destroyed many homes. The worst damage occurred near Estill. Source. 

A home that was leveled in EF4 fashion, near Estill. Photo via the Damage Assessment Tookit (DAT).
A home that was destroyed, photo via the Damage Assessment Tookit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

On this day in 1999, an area of wind-driven hail battered an area about 5 miles long and two miles wide near Midland and Odessa, Texas. 324 buildings were damaged, and 22 others were destroyed.  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 1860: The 1st Pony Express reaches Sacramento, California. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743, in Shadwell, Virginia. He was a  draftsman of the Declaration of Independence of the United States and the nation’s first secretary of state (1789–94) and second vice president (1797–1801) and, as the third president (1801–09), the statesman responsible for the Louisiana Purchase. He died in 1826. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 2009: US record producer Phil Spector is found guilty of second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2003: Madonna struck back at web sites who were offering illegal downloads of her new album, ‘American Life’ by flooding file-sharing networks with decoy files. When the files were opened they were greeted by the voice of Madonna asking, ‘What the f*** do you think you’re doing?’ The latest Madonna album has been kept under tight wraps to avoid piracy, with promotional copies being held back from journalists until just before the official release.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

April 13, 1953: CIA director Allen Dulles launches the mind-control program Project MKUltra. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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