During the midday hours of April 24, 2010, a destructive long track tornado made a 149 mile journey across 1 parish in Louisiana and 8 Counties in MS. It formed just south of I-20 west of Tallulah in Madish Parish, LA and dissipated 5 miles north of Sturgis, MS in Okitebbah County. Actual time on the ground: 2 hours and 44 minutes. In Yazoo County, MS, the twister reached its maximum width of 1.75-miles – the widest in the state’s recorded history at the time. It held that record for the widest in state history until April 12, 2020, when an EF4 that had a width of 2.25-miles, hit Bassfield. Along the path there were 10 fatalities reported and 146 injuries. The tornado was rated EF4 with estimated max winds of 170mph. Read the full summary here!
Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!
April 24, 1904: An F4 tornado crossed 28 miles through Hopkins, Franklin and Titus Counties in Texas. Six homes were demolished SW of Saltillo. A dozen homes were struck near Mt. Vernon. North of Mount Pleasant, one large farm house was “blown into kindling wood.”
Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day
On this day in 1908, an outbreak of 14 F2 or stronger tornadoes tore across the Gulf Coast and Southeast. Four were rated F4. Over 250 people were killed, and at least 1500 others were injured. Source.
Barbra Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, Brooklyn, New York. She is a singer, composer, actress, director, and producer who was considered by many to be the greatest popular singer of her generation. The first major female star to command roles as a Jewish actress, Streisand redefined female stardom in the 1960s and ’70s with her sensitive portrayal of ethnic urban characters. Source: Britannica.
Film & TV
On this day in 1950: Leonard Bernstein’s musical “Peter Pan”, starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 320 performances. Get more daily history at onthisday.com!
On this day in 1959: Buddy Holly was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Paul Anka song ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.’ A No.1 hit six weeks after Holly’s death. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!
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