On This Day: August 17

Tornado Talk Summary

Seven tornadoes were produced by Hurricane Danny on August 17, 1985. One of those was an F2 that caused extensive damage in Spartanburg County, SC. Nine homes and 38 mobile homes were destroyed. There were 39 injuries.  Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

August 17, 1946: Grazulis documented an F4 that occurred on this day in 1946 in Blue Earth County, MN! Eight farms were hit, three homes were destroyed. Eleven people were killed and it is noted that the deaths and most of the 100 injuries occurred in 26 cabins at the Green Gables tourist camp, three miles SW of Mankato. 

Twister From The 2000s

The town of Jackson, NE, was hit by an F2 tornado on August 17, 2001. Along the 1.5 mile path, 10 homes were destroyed, and several others were damaged. A school and the town’s only church were ripped apart. There were three injuries reported. For more information, check out the NWS Summary here

Homes destroyed in Jackson, via NWS Sioux Falls.
A car that was dropped onto the foundation of a destroyed house, in Jackson. Photo via NWS Sioux Falls.
Homes destroyed, and trees stripped, in Jackson. Photo via NWS Sioux Falls.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

Hurricane Camille made landfall in Bay St. Louis, MS, on August 17, 1969. With 175 mph sustained winds at Landfall, it is the second most intense landfalling hurricane in the United States. It is only one of four Category 5 hurricanes at landfall in the country. A 24.6-foot tall storm surge wiped out Pass Christian, MS. 259 people were killed. Not only did Camille devastate coastal Mississippi, but up to 31″ of rain fell in Virginia. 114 of the 259 deaths were in Virginia due to the flooding. Source: NWS Jackson

Richelieu Apartments in Pass Christian, MS that were wiped away by the storm surge. Eight people died here. Photo via the NOAA Library.

Pieces of the Past

A Look Back Through The Ages!  On This Day In History! 

Sources:  onthisday.com, thisdayinmusic.com & Britannica

Historical Event

In 1903, Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia University & began the Pulitzer Prizes in America. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Davy Crockett was born on this day in 1786! He was an American frontiersman, adventurer and politician from Greene County, TN. Source:  Britannica.

Film and TV

“Monty Python’s Life of Brian” directed by Terry Jones, starring Graham Chapman, Mickael Palin, & John Cleese, premiered in US theaters on this day in 1979. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

In 1973, Former Temptations singer Paul Williams was found dead in his car, after shooting himself. He owed $80000 in taxes and his celebrity boutique business had failed. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

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