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This Day In History, April 27th, 2022 – “Mother Nature’s Wrath, Even in War”


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It was just 80 years ago today, April 27, 1942, when the town of Pryor, Oklahoma was devastated by a massive tornado. The media, and often times History itself, likes to focus on just a few topics at a time. However, one must remember, that while war was ragging in 1942, life still continued on the Home Front, and with life, comes the inevitable tragedy as well.

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The awesome power of Mother Nature. Image courtesy of Wikicommons, Public Domain.

The state and residents of Oklahoma are no strangers to tornados. Throughout man’s history, especially on this continent, tornados have always fascinated and terrified those living with them. On this date, a massive EF4 struck not some farmland near Pryor, but the very heart of downtown. In its wake, hundreds of buildings were destroyed, and more than 50 killed. The National Guard had been mobilized already due to the war, and emergency services, much like everything else at the time, were slow to respond as they had been depleted as a result of the war. 80 years ago today, Mother Nature made the headlines, and continues to remind us all of her power.

What was happening yesterday, on April 26th?


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