On This Day: April 18

Tornado Talk Summary

This massive twister tracked 65 miles through parts of Swisher, Briscoe, Armstrong, Donley and Gray Counties in Texas, on this day in 1970. This tornado had a max width of 880 yards. 42 injuries and 16 fatalities were reported. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

April 18, 1877: In Tennessee: An F4 tornado “moved E, passing 1m S of Newburg, 9m N of Columbia, 12m SE of Nashville, and eventually passing through and ripping apart the town of La Vergne. Damage was reported as very intense in valleys and less intense on hilltops.” Grazulis documents 10 fatalities and 50 injuries.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2019, an EF2 tornado struck the northern part of Morton, MS. Dozens of homes were damaged.  Source. 

A home that was unroofed, photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).
Destroyed home, photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

On this day in 1906, a 7.9 earthquake and ensuing fire devastated San Fransico CA. An estimated 3000+ people were killed.  Source

The ruins of San Francisco, photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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 1783: American Revolution: George Washington issues General Order announcing the end of hostilities with Britain, giving thanks to the Almighty, and offering congratulations and authorizing an extra ration of alcohol to the troops to celebrate. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Conan O’Brien was born April 18, 1963, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is a late-night talk-show personality and comedian best known as the host of Late Night with Conan O’Brien (1993–2009), The Tonight Show (2009–10), and Conan (2010–21). Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1930: BBC news announcer announces “there is no news” at 20:45 news bulletin, plays music instead. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1970: Johnny Cash was at No.1 on the Country album chart with Hello, I’m Johnny Cash, his 33rd album release. The album featured ‘If I Were a Carpenter’, the famous duet with his wife, June Carter Cash, which earned the couple a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1971. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1988: The United States launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in the largest naval battle since World War II. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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