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!
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.
Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day
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!
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!
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