On This Day: July 13

Tornado Talk Summary

Roanoke, IL F4 Tornado – July 13, 2004: This tornado had a 9.6 mile path through Woodford County. It crossed Route 117 and demolished the Parsons Manufacturing Plant. There were 140 people in the plant at the time and all made it to storm shelters in time. Read the full summary here

Tornado strikes Parsons Plant (photo by Scott Smith)

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

July 13, 1924: An F2 tornado and downburst moved through Butler County, KS. It moved over the northern half of Augusta. More than 250 buildings were damaged or destroyed. 300 oil drilling rigs were demolished outside of town. A woman was killed when her brick home collapsed.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2015, a photogenic EF3 tornado leveled a poorly built house near Nickerson, KS.  Source. 

Photo of the tornado via NWS Wichita.
The remains of the house. Photo via NWS Wichita.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1973, an F2 tornado skipped along a 40-mile path from Smithfield, PA, to Bittinger, MD. Several homes, barns, and trailers were destroyed. Per Grazulis: “A 128-year-old brick home had its second floor scattered in all directions”. Four people were injured. Source: Significant Tornadoes 1880-1989. 

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 1943: Greatest tank battle in history ends with Russia’s defeat of Germany at Kursk, almost 6,000 tanks take part, 2,900 lost by Germany. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Harrison Ford was born July 13, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois. He is an actor, perhaps best known for playing charismatic rogues in the Star Wars and Indiana Jones film franchises. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1923: The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles. It originally reads “Hollywoodland” but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1978: The BBC announced a ban on The Sex Pistols latest single ‘No One Is Innocent’, which featured vocals by Ronnie Biggs, the British criminal notorious for his part in the Great Train Robbery of 1963. At the time of the recording, Biggs was living in Brazil, and was still wanted by the British authorities, but immune from extradition. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 587 BC: Babylon's siege of Jerusalem ends following the destruction of Solomon's Temple. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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