On This Day: May 21

Tornado Talk Summary

The month of May in 1957 was very active. Per the NWS Paducah, approximately 231 tornadoes were reported. The Storm Prediction Center shows 18 on May 21. One of the strongest was later rated F4. The town of Fremont, MO was devastated. Per Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes, “Only seven homes were left in tact in Fremont, with possibly F5 damage to homes, schools, and businesses on the east side of town.” Read the full summary here

Looking down Main Street in Fremont, MO after the tornado

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

May 21, 1918: A possible F5 tornado crossed 37 miles through parts of Crawford, Carroll and Greene Counties in Iowa. “Twenty or more farms were devastated, and debris was carried for miles.” Near Carroll, a couple died in their home. “Another couple were caught in a buggy racing home, north of Churdan, and was killed.” Grazulis denotes that mattresses were carried two miles and “foundation of homes and barns were left bare.”

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2011, an EF3 tornado struck Reading, KS. One person was killed, and five were injured as several homes and buildings were ripped apart.  Source. 

A home that was leveled, photo via NWS Topeka.
Buildings in downtown Reading that were ripped apart. Photo via NWS Topeka.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1949 an F4 tornado tracked for 10 miles through parts of Crawford County, IL, and Sullivan County, IN. In Palestine, IL, three homes were destroyed and 20 were damaged. Four people were killed as a restaurant was leveled, and one of the bodies was recovered from the top of a tree.   Source

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 1932: After flying for 17 hours from Newfoundland, Amelia Earhart lands near Londonderry, Northern Ireland, becoming the 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Jeffrey Dahmer was born May 21, 1960, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was a serial killer whose arrest in 1991 provoked criticism of local police and resulted in an upsurge of popular interest in serial murder and other crimes. Dahmer died in 1994. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1980: “Star Wars Episode V – Empire Strikes Back”, produced by George Lucas opens in cinemas in UK and North America. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2011: Adele went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rolling In The Deep’, taken from her second studio album, 21. The video to the song was nominated for seven MTV Video Music Awards nominations, ‘Rolling in the Deep’ was also the Billboard Year End Hot 100 Number One Single of 2011. And on 12 February 2012, ‘Rolling in the Deep’ received three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1881: The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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