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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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