On This Day: April 23

Tornado Talk Summary

On this day in 1968, an F5 tornado swept a 43.5 mile path from South Shore, KY, through Wheelersburg, OH, and dissipated at Gallipolis, OH. Seven people were killed, and 93 others were injured. Nearly 700 homes were damaged or destroyed. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

April 23, 1948: An F4 tornado moved through Ionia, IA. “A three-block-long section was devastated at the edge of Ionia. Six homes and a church were leveled and nine other homes were badly damaged.” Grazulis documents five fatalities and 25 injuries.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2021, an EF2 tornado tracked for 6.4 miles through Hardeman and Wilbarger Counties in Texas, near Lockett. A home was significantly damaged, and a pick-up truck was thrown 100 yards. Source. 

A house that was damaged. Photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1999, a major hail storm swept from Waynesburg, PA, through the WV Panhandle, into VA, passing through the western and southern suburbs of Washington, DC, crossing into Maryland, where it moved across the Chesapeake Bay, and finally out to the Atlantic Ocean. Along the 305+ mile-long path, hail up to baseball size fell, and $75,000,000 in damage occurred as numerous cars and homes were damaged or 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 215 BC: A temple, built on the Capitoline Hill, is dedicated to Venus Erycina to commemorate the Roman defeat at Lake Trasimene. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Timothy McVeigh was born on  April 23, 1968 in Pendleton, New York. He was an American domestic terrorist who carried out the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. The explosion, which killed 168 people, was the deadliest terrorist incident on U.S. soil, until the September 11 attacks in 2001. McVeigh died in 2001. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1896: Vitascope system of movie projection 1st shown at Koster & Bial’s Music Hall, New York City. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2016: Gloria Gaynor’s hit ‘I Will Survive’ was selected to enter the US National Recording Registry. It joined Metallica’s Master of Puppets and Mahler’s Symphony No 9 on the list of culturally significant recordings.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1985: Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke. The response is overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula is back on the market in less than three months. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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