On This Day: October 21

Tornado Talk Summary

A total of 9 tornadoes were confirmed in Oklahoma on October 21, 2017. All but two tornado were given EF1 ratings. The other two were given an unknown rating. We look at one of the EF1 tornadoes in this summary. Path length was 3.4 miles. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

October 21, 1949: An F1 tornado skipped approximately six miles through parts of Taylor and Jones Counties in Texas. A small home was lifted 50 feet in the air near Abilene. One of four occupants was killed. 

Twister From The 2000s

On October 21, 2019, a brief EF1 tornado ravaged Tyronza, AR. Several homes, a gas station, and a school were damaged or destroyed. Three people were injured. Source

A destroyed double-wide trailer. Photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).
A destroyed gas station. Photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

October 21, 1966: Heavy rain triggered a type of mudslide known as a soil-slip that engulfed several homes and a school in Aberfan, Wales. 144 people were killed, including five teachers and 109 children at the school. Source

Aerial view of the soil-tip. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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 1915, the 1st transatlantic radiotelephone message was sent from Arlington, Va to Paris. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1917, Dizzy Gillespie, byname of John Birks Gillespie, American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader who was one of the seminal figures of the bebop movement, was born in Cheraw, South Carolina. He died in 1993. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1964, the Film version of “My Fair Lady” directed by George Cukor and starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn premiered in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1965)! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1965, Bill Black, Elvis Presley’s bass player, (1954-57), died four months after receiving surgery to remove a brain tumour, aged 39. With guitarist Scotty Moore, and Elvis Presley on rhythm guitar, Black played on ‘That’s All Right (Mama)’, Heartbreak Hotel, ‘Baby Let’s Play House’, ‘Mystery Train’, ‘Hound Dog’; ‘Jailhouse Rock’ in the late 1950s. Black, Scotty Moore and drummer D. J. Fontana toured extensively during Presley’s early career. After leaving Presley Black formed Bill Black’s Combo. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

October 21, 2005: Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in documenting its discovery. Photo of the dwarf planet Eris and its moon Dysnomia via NASA.

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