The first tornado on record to cause fatalities in Arizona occurred on August 27, 1964. It was a quick-hitting twister, later rated F2 and moved through an Indian Settlement near the San Xavier Mission about 4 miles from Tucson. Mrs. Lucy Norris and her 9-month-old son, Marcian were killed. Read our summary here!
Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!
August 27, 1854: A significant tornado moved through Louisville, KY. At least 25 people were killed, most in the destruction of the Third Presbyterian Church at Walnut and 11th Streets. Many buildings were destroyed including an orphan asylum, a hemp factory and a school. A new steamboat was wrecked.
August 27, 2016, in Traill County, ND. An EF3 tornado tracked for 3 miles between Hillsboro and Cummings. Grain bins were knocked over, and a well-built house was torn apart. For more information, check out the write up from NWS Grand Forks.
There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes?
On This Day in OTHER weather history!
The Krakatoa Volcano violently erupted on August 27, 1883. Over 36,000 people were killed by the volcano and the tsunami that was generated by the explosion. The sound created when it erupted is the loudest noise observed at the time. At 100 miles away, the sound registered 180 decibels! The amount of ash thrown into the atmosphere was so much that the sky was darkened for months worldwide. For more information on this cataclysmic event, click here.
Ed Gein, American serial killer who was the inspiration for the films “Psycho” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, was born on this day in 1906 in Plainfield, Wisconsin. Source: Britannica.
In 1992, John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to The Beatles song ‘A Day In The Life’ from Sgt. Pepper sold in an auction at Sotheby’s London for $100,000 (£56,600). The lyrics were put up for sale again in March 2006 by Bonhams in New York. Sealed bids were opened on 7 March 2006 and offers started at about $2 million. The lyric sheet was auctioned again by Sotheby’s in June 2010 when it was purchased by an anonymous American buyer who paid $1,200,000 (£810,000). Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!
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