Keefeton, OK F4 Tornado – May 26, 1973! This roadside town of approximately 400 people was nearly wiped out by this tornado. 3.6 mile path. 5 were killed, including 4 members of the Dornan family when their pick-up was struck. Total of 25 injuries. Read our full summary here!
Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!
May 26, 1924: An estimated F3 tornado moved NE from east of Bay Springs, MS to Increase. Grazulis denotes this was a tornado family and that there may have been two or three separate tornadoes. 10 were killed including seven members of one family in the Increase area. 30 were injured.
On this day in 2001, an F2 tornado moved through 3 miles in the northern part of Fort Wayne, IN. Heavy damage occurred to the Northcrest Mall and to the Papermill Subdivision. Three people were injured. Source.
Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day
On this day in 1917, a tornado family moved for 293 miles through Illinois, and Indiana. It was at one time thought to be one tornado; however, Grazulis classified it as a tornado family, with one of the tornadoes an F4, having a 155-mile track (that too is believed to have been at least four separate tornadoes). The worst damage from the tornado was in the Mattoon/Charleston, IL area. 101 people were killed, and at least 638 people were injured. Source.
John Wayne was born May 26, 1907, in Winterset, Iowa. He was a major American motion-picture actor who embodied the image of the strong, taciturn cowboy or soldier and who in many ways personified the idealized American values of his era. He died in 1979. Source: Britannica.
Film & TV
On this day in 1913: US Actors’ Equity Association forms. Get more daily history at onthisday.com!
On this day in 2002: The first episode of At Home With The Osbournes was shown on MTV in the UK. Already becoming a hit in the the US, the show focused on the madman and his family (his wife Sharon, and two of their three children). Oblivious to the camera, they bicker, squabble, curse and hang out backstage at Ozzy shows. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!
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