Twenty-two tornadoes were confirmed on January 17, 1999. They encompassed the states of Arkanasas, Mississippi and Tennessee. The strongest were in TN with 2-F3s reported and the strongest and deadliest, an F4 that moved through parts of Madison County and the town of Jackson. Read the full summary about that event here!
Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!
January 17, 1870: Grazulis documents a tornado that moved from near Park City, KY to Cave City. Fifty homes were damaged/destroyed. Eight people were killed, some of the bodies were found 300 yards from where they were sleeping when the twister hit. 30 were injured. Grazulis has no rating for this tornado.
There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes?
On This Day in OTHER weather history!
January 17, 1994: The Northridge Earthquake rattled the Los Angeles Metro. The 6.7 magnitude quake collapsed many buildings and destroyed portions of the Golden State Freeway. 57 people were killed, and over 8,700 others were injured. Source.
On this day in 1922, Betty White, American actress best known for her comedic work on numerous television sitcoms, most notably The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls, was born in Oak Park, Illinois. She died in 2021. Source: Britannica.
Film & TV
On this day in 1984, Supreme Court rules (5-4) that private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws! Get more daily history at onthisday.com!
On this day in 1966, NBC-TV in the US bought The Monkees series, placing it on their 1966 autumn schedule. The series centered on the adventures of The Monkees, a struggling rock band from Los Angeles, California and introduced a number of innovative new-wave film techniques to television. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!
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