On This Day: June 1

Tornado Talk Summary

A very strong, long-track tornado made it ways through parts of Hampden and Worcester Counties, Massachusetts on June 1, 2011. The path length was just shy of 38 miles and the width grew to a half mile. Per the NWS survey, the estimated max wind speed was 160 mph. Three were killed and 200 injured. Read the full summary here

Image of the tornado at Monson from the Monson Fire Department via NWS Boston summary.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

June 1, 1878: Grazulis documents a tornado that crossed 20 miles through Jackson and Ray Counties in Missouri. He assigned a rating of F4. 16 people were killed as the tornado tracked from 2 miles south of Missouri City, passing through and destroying about 1/3 of Richmond. “Trees were uprooted and carried through the air like feathers.”

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2007, an EF3 tornado struck Muscatine, IA. Several homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. 7 people were injured.  Source. 

A home that was leveled. Photo via NWS Quad Cities.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1903, an F4 tornado struck the outskirts of Gainesville, GA. 98 people were killed, and at least 180 were injured. Fifty people, mostly children, were killed when the top floor of a cotton mill was destroyed, and several homes were leveled in New Holland. Source: Significant Tornadoes 1880-1989. 

Path of the tornado via Tornado Archive.

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 1998: European Central Bank is founded in Brussels to define and execute the European Union’s monetary policy. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Alanis Morissette was born June 1, 1974, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She is a musician known for her confessional lyrics and a layered rock-influenced sound. Her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill established her as one of alternative rock’s foremost female vocalists of the 1990s. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1936: “Lux Radio Theater” moved from NYC to Hollywood. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1981: The first issue of the Heavy Metal magazine Kerrang! was published as a special pull-out by UK weekly music paper Sounds. AC/DC had the front cover plus features on Motorhead, Girlschool and Saxon. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 2008: A fire on the back lot of Universal Studios breaks out, destroying the attraction King Kong Encounter and a large archive of master tapes for music and film, the full extent of which was not revealed until 2019. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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