On This Day: June 18

Tornado Talk Summary

An estimated F4 tornado made its way from Ankeny, IA (northern Des Moines suburb), and moved southeast, ending near Runnels. It was a devastating event for the town of Ankeny. Two people were killed in their homes, and there were at least 50 injuries. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

June 18, 1928: Two homes were destroyed by an estimated F2 tornado in Tyler County, WV. One person was killed and two were injured.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2014, an EF4 tornado tracked for 11.65 miles near Alpena, SD. A house was leveled, and a person in the basement was injured when debris fell into it. Trees were severely debarked.  Source. 

A debarked tree, photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1975, the “Gothenburg Tornado Family” tracked for 131 miles from near to McCook, NE to near Arnold, NE. There were eight tornadoes; four were rated F3, two were F1, and there was one F2 and one F4. The F4 tornado struck near Arnold, killing a woman as her truck was thrown 200 yards, and five farms were “wiped out.”  Source

Photo of the 7th member of the tornado family, passing north of Gothenburg, near Peterson. Photo via Dr. Fujita.

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 1928: American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the 1st woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, landing at Burry Port, Wales. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Paul McCartney was born June 18, 1942, in Liverpool, England. He is a songwriter, composer, bass player, poet, and painter whose work with the Beatles in the 1960s helped lift popular music from its origins in the entertainment business and transform it into a creative, highly commercial art form. He is also one of the most popular solo performers of all time in terms of both sales of his recordings and attendance at his concerts.
Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 2001: “The Fast and the Furious” film directed by Rob Cohen starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez premieres. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1948: Columbia Records started the first mass production of the 33-RPM long player. The new format could contain a maximum of 23 minutes of music per side versus the three minutes that could be squeezed on to a 78 RPM disc.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1815: The Battle of Waterloo results in the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte by the Duke of Wellington and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher forcing him to abdicate the throne of France for the second and last time. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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