WX History: April 21st

1885: The town of Denison, Texas was struck by a tornado in 1883 that destroyed a church. The congregation rebuilt the church. On this date, a second tornado destroyed the newly rebuilt church.


1967: Severe thunderstorms spawned 48 tornadoes in the Upper Midwest. Hardest hit was northern Illinois where sixteen tornadoes touched down during the afternoon and evening hours causing fifty million dollars damage. On that Friday afternoon, tornadoes struck Belvidere IL and the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn, killing 58 persons.

April 21, 1967 Oak Lawn Tornado Damage
Aerial view of tornado damage in Oak Lawn near 95th Street and Southwest Highway following the violent tornado event. This tornado killed 33, making it one of the deadliest tornadoes since 1950. The image courtesy of the NWS Office in Chicago, Illinois.

Sources: NWS Office in Chicago Illinois.   Tornado Talk – Outbreak in Oak Lawn.

1988: After having had just twelve rain outs in the previous twenty-six years at Dodger Stadium, the third day of heavy rain in southern California rained out a doubleheader at Dodger Stadium, which had been scheduled due to rainouts the previous two days.




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