On This Day: January 4

Tornado Talk Summary

On January 4, 2007, two tornadoes struck parts of Louisiana. They were both rated F1. This summary looks at the tornado that pushed just over 15 miles through Iberia Parish. It developed near Lydia causing minor damage to a few barns and trees. It moved northward at approximately 50 mph and strengthened. Max winds were estimated at 110 mph. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

January 4, 1917: A devastating tornado, rated F3, moved through Pittsburg County, OK. “A small, poorly constructed Choctaw Indian Baptist Mission school was destroyed at “Vireton,” (west of Blocker and 6m NE of Richview), killing 16 students and injuring 10 others. The bodies of some students were scattered up to 100 yards down a hillside. The teacher, whose jaw was broken, was braced against the door as the building disintegrated.” 

Twister From The 2000s


January 4, 2015: An EF2 tornado tracked for 14 miles across Crenshaw County, AL. Damage was mainly confined to many snapped or uprooted trees, though toward the end of the path, a chicken house was destroyed and a home was damaged. Source.

A home that was damaged, photo via NWS Mobile.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

January 4, 1641: The Mount Melibengoy volcano in the Philippines erupted. The eruption created a crater lake. Source.

Photo of the crater lake that was formed in the 1641 eruption, taken in 2017. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Pieces of the Past

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

Sources:  onthisday.com, thisdayinmusic.com & Britannica

Historical Event

On this day in 1958, NZ team led by Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole, the 1st to reach the Pole overland using motor vehicles and the 1st since Amundsen in 1911 and Scott in 1912. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1642, Isaac Newton, English physicist and mathematician, who was the culminating figure of the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century, was born in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England. He died in 1727. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1935, Bob Hope 1st heard on network radio as part of “The Intimate Revue”! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2001, US rapper Vanilla Ice spent the night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife’s hair. Ice (born Robert Van Winkle) told police he pulled out some of his wife’s hair to prevent her from jumping out of their truck’s window. He was released the following morning from Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale on $3,500 bail. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

January 4, 1903: Topsy the Elephant was electrocuted at Coney Island, NY. Thomas Edison's recorded this event. The following quote comes from the Edison film library: "ELECTROCUTING AN ELEPHANT Topsy, the famous "Baby" elephant, was electrocuted at Coney Island on January 4, 1903. We secured an excellent picture of the execution. The scene opens with keeper leading Topsy to the place of execution. After copper plates or electrodes were fastened to her feet, 6,600 volts of electricity were turned on. The elephant is seen to become rigid, throwing her trunk in the air, and then is completely enveloped in smoke from the burning electrodes. The current is cut off and she falls forward to the ground dead." Still image of the video via Wikimedia Commons.

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