On This Day: April 21

Tornado Talk Summary

A tornado given a rating of F4 crossed 5 miles through parts of Barton County, KS. The tornado developed 1 mile SW of Hoisington. It rapidly intensified as it entered the west side of town climbing to F4 intensity within minutes. Per the NWS summary, “while crossing northwest Hoisington, the tornado inflicted a path about 2 miles long and about 2 blocks wide of almost complete destruction.” 182 homes were destroyed, 52 with major damage. One person was killed, and 28 were injured.  Read the full summary here!

Destruction in Hoisington, photo via NWS Wichita.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

April 21, 1921: An F2 tornado moved from near Tipton, TN, passing through Atoka and destroyed homes south of Brighton and Covington. At Atoka, six stores, a bank, and 20 homes were “reduced to rubble”. A boy was killed in this town.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2007, an EF2 tornado ripped a 27-mile path through Moore and Sherman Counties in Texas. The town of Cactus was hard hit, with several homes being damaged or destroyed. The twister was 3/4 of a mile wide, and 14 people were injured. Source. 

A destroyed house in Cactus, photo via NWS Amarillo.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1988: The third day of heavy rain in southern California rained out a doubleheader at Dodger Stadium, which had been scheduled due to rainouts the previous two days. 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 2018: World War I: German fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen “The Red Baron”, shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France, Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown credited with the kill. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Tony Romo was born on April 21, 1980, in San Diego, California. He is a professional gridiron football player who emerged as one of the leading quarterbacks in the National Football League (NFL) in the early 21st century. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1986: Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone’s vault on live TV and finds nothing, except great ratings for his spectacle. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1967: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow ‘A Day in the Life’, in the run-out groove. They recorded assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cut-up and randomly re-assembled and edits backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, they also added a high-pitch 15 kilocycle whistle audible only by dogs. These were omitted from the American version of the album. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1958: United Airlines Flight 736 collides with a United States Air Force fighter jet near Arden, Nevada in what is now Enterprise, Nevada.

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