On This Day: October 8

Tornado Talk Summary

Two tornadoes are found in The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) database for October 8, 1958: An F2 in Illinois and the topic of our summary, an F3 that traveled through parts of Nodaway, Worth and Harrison Counties. Gathering details from all of our sources, the tornado moved east-southeast from Pickering through the southern part of Parnell to about 8 miles southeast of Grant City. From here, it tracked northeast to near Eagleville. Seven were injured and two were killed. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

October 8, 1797: Grazulis documents a tornado near North Salem, NY. Homes and a barns were destroyed here, with “materials and furnture scattered in all directions and for great distances.” Total of six injuries. Estimated 10 mile path. 

Twister From The 2000s

On October 8, 2017, an EF2 tornado tracked through central Pickens County, SC. Extensive tree damage occurred along the path, several homes were severely damaged, and a trailer was destroyed. Source

Trees snapped, photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).
Tree damage, photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).
Snapped tree, 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 8, 1871: The Great Chicago Fire formed and raged on until finally petering out on October 10. 100,000 people were left homeless, and at least 300 people were killed. Source

An artists rendition of the Great Chicago Fire. 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 1945, the microwave oven was patented by US inventor Percy Spencer. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1970, Matt Damon, American actor, screenwriter, and producer, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1942, Comedy duo Abbott and Costello launched their weekly radio show! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2020, English musician and songwriter Brian Locking died age 81. He was the bassist with The Wildcats in 1956 and The Shadows, between 1962 and 1963. During his time with the Shadows he appeared with Cliff Richard in the musical film Summer Holiday. Locking also toured as aa session player with artist’s including Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Joe Brown, as well as Conway Twitty and Brenda Lee. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

October 8, 2001: U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security. Image via Wikipedia.

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