Per the SPC, there were a total of 8 tornadoes on July 18, 2004. All of them were in North Dakota. The strongest of these, an F4, is the topic of this summary. This was just five days after the widely covered Roanoke, IL F4 tornado, which bore a few similarities to this event. Read the full summary here!
Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!
July 18, 1883: An F3 tornado moved 10 miles across parts of Spink County, SD. It traveled south of Redfield to north of Hitchcock to SE of Crandon. A farm home was demolished. “Three people were killed on one farm, and four others may have died. This seems to have been a strong tornado in a 10-mile-wide downburst.”
On this day in 2001 an F3 tornado struck the house of the Nelson County, ND Sherrif. Per the NCDC ” The tornado tore the roof off the house and destroyed the barn. A piece of farm machinery was thrown through the bedroom wall and a tractor was hurled 75 yards. The sheriff’s squad car was crushed.” Source.
Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day
Richard Branson was born July 18, 1950, in Shamley Green, Surrey, England. He is an entrepreneur and adventurer, head of Virgin Group Ltd., known for his publicity stunts and also for setting records in powerboat racing and hot-air ballooning. Source: Britannica.
Film & TV
On this day in 1988: Shooting begins on Bond film “License to Kill”. Get more daily history at onthisday.com!
On this day in 1998: The Beastie Boys went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Hello Nasty’, only the second rap album to make No.1 in the UK, the first being Wu-Tang Clan. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!
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