Per the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), 6 tornadoes moved through parts of Central GA on April 30, 1953. All of them had short path lengths, around 5 miles or less. In his book Significant Tornadoes, Thomas Grazulis describes a family of tornadoes that covered 50 miles across parts of Peach, Houston, Twiggs and Wilkinson Counties causing widespread damage. The majority of this damage was in the Warner Robins Area (southern part) in Houston County. 18 people were killed, and 300 people were injured. Read the full summary here!
Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!
April 30, 1909: An F3 tornado moved 30 miles through portions of Haralson, Polk, Paulding, and Bartow Counties in Georgia. Seven people were killed in homes in Felton. Five others died south and east of Rockmart. South of Cartersville, another person was killed in a home. 40 were injured along the path.
Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day
Stephen Harper was born on April 30, 1959, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is politician who served as prime minister of Canada (2006–15). Source: Britannica.
Film & TV
On this day in 1939: NBC/RCA 1st public TV demo with FDR at opening of NY World’s Fair. Get more daily history at onthisday.com!
On this day in 1983: Michael Jackson started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Beat It’, his fifth solo US No.1. The third single from the singer’s Thriller album featured Eddie Van Halen on the song’s distinctive overdriven guitar solo, but Halen was prevented by his record label from appearing in the music video. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!
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