On This Day: May 12

Tornado Talk Summary

On this day in 1995: An F4 tornado began south of Niota in Hancock County, IL and traveled 50 miles through Henderson into Warren County where it dissipated 6 miles SW of Abingdon. The tornado reached F4 intensity 1 mile NW of Disco in Hancock County. Several farms were leveled. Near the small community of Raritan, a farm was hit throwing the owner about 70 yards out of his home into a field. The only thing left in the home was the basement stuffed with debris. Most of the damage in the Raritan Community was along and south of Main Street. Read the full summary here

Tornado northeast of Raritan, IL near Roseville, IL.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

May 13, 1883: Grazulis documents a tornado in the Kansas City metro. The path length was 25 miles. It crossed the Kansas River and Missouri River. One person was killed and 5 were injured. Rating given was F3.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2019, an EF2 tornado tracked for 17 miles through parts of Central North Carolina. Significant damage occurred in Zebulon. Source. 

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1980, an F3 tornado carved a 10.6-mile path of destruction through Kalamazoo, MI. Downtown took a direct hit. Five people were killed, and 79 others were injured as hundreds of buildings were damaged or destroyed. Source

Gilmore's Department Store in downtown Kalamazoo. Photo via NWS Grand Rapids.

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 1940: Winston Churchill says “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat” in his first speech as Prime Minister to British House of Commons. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Stevie Wonder was born May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.). He is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, a child prodigy who developed into one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1992: Frank Stallone beats Geraldo Rivera in boxing on Howard Stern Show. Get more daily history at onthisday.com!  

Music Trivia

On this day in 2008: The US Postal Service issued a 42-cent postage stamp in honor of Frank Sinatra. The design showed a 1950s-vintage image of Sinatra, wearing a hat. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1861: The Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia. Illustration via Wikimedia Commons.

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