On This Day: April 26

Tornado Talk Summary

On April 26, 1991, an outbreak of 55 tornadoes ripped across the plains, the strongest was an F5 that moved through Wichita and Andover, KS. F5 damage occurred across the southern part of Andover. Large frame homes were demolished. The Golden Spur Mobile Home Park was hit and per Storm Data, “Experienced tornado damage surveyors said the damage to the mobile home park was among the worst they had ever seen.” Read the full summary here

Andover Tornado via NWS Summary

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

April 26, 1906: An F4 tornado moved slowly at Bellevue, TX. “As the tornado moved into town, it turned to the east and widened to three quarters of a mile. This enormous tornado then engulfed the town, destroying about 80% of the buildings, and leveling many. Only 10 of 200 buildings remained undamaged. Many fires broke out in the wreckage, and complicated the situation.” Total of 17 fatalities and 50 injuries.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2011, an EF2 tornado tracked for 42 miles from near Logan, TX, through the Keachi and Kickapoo areas in Louisiana, dissipating over Lake Bistineau. Two people were injured. Extensive tree damage occurred, and three dozen homes sustained varying degrees of damage. Source. 

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

A thunderstorm in Fairbanks, AK, produced pea-sized hail on this day in 1978. This was the first recorded thunderstorm to occur in April for the town.   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 1956: First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Carol Burnett was born on April 26, 1933, in San Antonio. She is a comedian and actress who starred in a long-running eponymous television variety show in the 1960s and ’70s. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1993: NBC announces Conan O’Brien to replace David Letterman on “Late Night”. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1982: Out on a day’s shopping, Rod Stewart was robbed by a gunman of his $50,000 Porsche on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1986: The Chernobyl disaster occurs in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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