On This Day: April 28

Tornado Talk Summary

On April 28, 2011; one of the worst tornadoes in Virginia history tore through the Appalachian Mountains and a thriving country town. At a maximum width of 2,320 yards (1.32 miles), it is by far the widest the state has ever seen and wreaked havoc across a 24-mile path. More than a remarkable meteorological event for the region, this twister reshaped hundreds of lives, particularly in the community of Glade Spring. Read the full summary here

Expansive damage to homes along Stagecoach road. Image from VDEM.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

April 28, 1893: An F4 tornado moved through Cisco, TX. “Many people were in bed. Every building in this town of about 3,000 people was either totally destroyed or severely damaged.” 23 people were killed, mostly in the town. Five children of the Hickman family were killed. Grazulis notes that two frame buildings were still standing downtown, but leaning. He also states that the death toll may have been higher.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2014, an EF3 tornado caused major damage along a 15.5-mile path through Limestone County, AL. Two people were killed and 30 were injured.  Source. 

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1973 the Mississippi River at St. Louis, MO crested at 43.23 feet; this was a record until 1993. 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 1789: Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny on HMS Bounty against its captain William Bligh in the South Pacific. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Saddam Hussein was born on April 28, 1937, Al-ʿAwjah, Iraq. He was president of Iraq (1979–2003) whose brutal rule was marked by costly and unsuccessful wars against neighboring countries. He died in 2006. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1937: 1st animated cartoon electric sign displayed (NYC). Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2003: Apple launched the iTunes store, the first widely successful legal music download service. Available only to Mac users, the store let US-based customers download the music they wanted for just 99 cents per song, without subscription fees. Apple also offered groundbreaking personal use rights, including burning songs onto an unlimited number of CDs for personal use and playing songs on up to three Macintosh computers. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1973: The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, recorded in Abbey Road Studios goes to number one on the US Billboard chart, beginning a record-breaking 741-week chart run. Photo of the album cover via Wikimedia Commons.

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