On This Day: April 17

Tornado Talk Summary

An F4 tornado traveled 70 miles from NW of Essex, IL to just west of Medaryville, IN on this day in 1963. Per Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes, “In Illinois, damage was near-F5 as several houses literally vanished.” One person was killed, and 70 others were injured. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

April 17, 1927: An F4 tornado crossed just south of Milton, OK, passing one mile NW of Bokoshe. Two farm homes were destroyed. “In one of them, a husband, his wife and their infant were thrown to their deaths, up to 400 yards away.”

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2002 an F2 tornado tracked for 34 miles through Major, Woods, and Alfalfa Counties in Oklahoma. One person was injured and several homes and barns were damaged or destroyed.  Source. 

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

8.35″ of rain fell in West Palm Beach, Florida, in just two hours, on this day in 1942.  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 1492: Christopher Columbus signs a contract with the Spanish monarchs to find the “Indies” with the stated goal of converting people to Catholicism. This promises him 10% of all riches found, and the governorship of any lands encountered. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Nikita Khrushchev was born on April 17, 1894. He was  first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1953–64) and premier of the Soviet Union (1958–64) whose policy of de-Stalinization had widespread repercussions throughout the communist world. Khrushchev died in 1971. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1961: Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1991: Nirvana appeared at the OK Hotel in Seattle, where they played a new song, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, live for the first time. Other local bands such as Mudhoney, Tad, Mother Love Bone, and Soundgarden all appeared at the club, which has now been turned into a residential property. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 2014: NASA's Kepler space telescope confirms the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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