On This Day: April 19

Tornado Talk Summary

An F4 tornado tore through the heart of Greenwood, AR on April 19, 1968. Total path length was 2 miles and the maximum width was 300 yards. In a blink of an eye, 14 people lost their lives and there were 270 injuries reported. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

April 19, 1882: An F2 tornado moved 8 miles through parts of Fayette County, PA. At least 50 homes had some degree of damage at Pennsville. There was a fatality at a nearby mining community. 20 people were injured.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2000, an F3 tornado tracked for 34 miles through Montgomery, Labette, and Neosho Counties in Kansas. Parsons was hit hard, with 30 square blocks being destroyed and 30-35 people were injured. Source. 

A demolished house, photo via NWS Wichita.
Debarked trees, photo via NWS Wichita.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

On this day in 2006, a major snowstorm swept across the Black Hills of South Dakota. 54.9″ of snow fell at Lead, SD.  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 1775: American Revolution begins in Lexington, Massachusetts. The “Shot Heard Round the World” took place in Concord later that day. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Lucretia Garfield was born on April 19, 1832, in Hiram, Ohio. She was the first lady (March 4–September 19, 1881), the wife of James A. Garfield, 20th president of the United States. Garfield died in 1918. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1927: Actress Mae West found guilty of “obscenity and corrupting the morals of youth” in a New York stage play entitled “Sex”. She is sentenced to 10 days in prison and fined $500, the resulting publicity launches her Hollywood career.. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2014: The White House refused to comment on a campaign to deport Justin Bieber from the US. Around 275,000 people had signed a petition on its website calling for the Canadian singer to be removed from the country. The campaign had been set up in January of this year when the 20-year-old was arrested on suspicion of drink and drug-driving and illegal drag racing.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1995: Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, USA, is bombed, killing 168 people including 19 children under the age of six. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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