On This Day: June 9

Tornado Talk Summary

It is the deadliest and most destructive tornado to ever hit the New England area. The Worcester, MA Tornado occurred during the mid-afternoon time on June 9, 1953. The destruction was overwhelming. Per Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes, an F5 rating could have been given to this event. “Many of the houses that were nearly leveled were two- or three-story tenement buildings, built with dozens of interior walls which would add considerable structural strength.” Read the full summary here

Worcester Tornado near Lake Quinsigamond, Shrewbury at 522pm. Photo by the late Henry LaPrade

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

June 9, 1937: An F3 tornado moved ESE from 3 miles east of Union City, OK to 3 miles west of Moore. At least 8 farms were hit. “This was either a family of tornadoes or a multiple-vortex event of some kind, and probably was F4 intensity.” Four people were killed and seven injured.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2005, a large, wedge tornado moved through parts of Hale and Floyd Counties, in Texas, striking the town of Petersburg. Most of the damage was in the F1 to F2 range, but a pick-up truck was thrown 1/2 mile, which was rated F3. Source. 

A home that had roof damage. Photo via NWS Lubbock.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1980, twin tornadoes (One F0 and one F2) mauled the tiny hamlet of Chest Springs, 12 miles WNW of Altoona, PA.  Two homes and a trailer were destroyed, and 13 others were damaged. One man was injured when his trailer was leveled, and a three-year-old girl was blown from her house but was not injured. Source.  

Image via June 10, 1980, Altoona Mirror, via Newspaperarchive.com

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 1856: 500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa, and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah, carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Johnny Depp was born June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky. He is an actor and musician who was known for his eclectic and unconventional film choices. He achieved perhaps his greatest success as Capt. Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1945: Warner Bros cartoon “A Gruesome Twosome” starring Tweety premieres in USA. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1979: The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love You inside Out’, the group’s 9th US No.1 and a No.13 hit in the UK. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

June 9, 1961, an F3 tornado struck Glen Burnie, MD. 9 homes were destroyed, and 46 were damaged. 11 people were injured. Photo via the Baltimore Evening Sun.

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