Today in History for October 21st

Climate records for today:

Highest temp recorded: 77 degrees F
Lowest temp recorded: 24 degrees F
Average high temp for today: 50 degrees F
Average low temp for today: 33 degrees F
Highest Snowdepth measured for today: 1 inches
Highest Snow fall measured for today: 7.5 inches
Average data is based on 34 to 35 years (1971 to 2005) at Marquette Airport and WFO Marquette, Negaunee, MI.
Record data is based on 50 years (1961 to 2011) at Marquette Airport and WFO Marquette, Negaunee, MI.

Today in the UP:


On October 21, 1857, the wood schooner, 2-mast Malakoff, while carrying coal, was bound Cleveland for Chicago, when she encountered a gale and was forced onto a reef near Nine Mile Point in Lake Huron, Straits of Mackinac, where she was temporarily abandoned. On Nov 5, the tug Rescue pulled her off and she was making for Detroit in heavy weather when the canvas jacket over the hole in her hull washed off and the pump which was keeping her clear of water clogged with coal. She sank by the head in 30 feet of water 4 miles off Goderich, Ontario in Lake Huron on November 9th. Only her cargo and the valuable pump were saved.

High winds

On October 21, 1993, high winds caused havoc in Mackinac, Chippewa, and Alger Counties most of the day. Many trees, power poles and power lines were blown down. The strong winds resulted from a low pressure system that developed over western Lake Superior early Thursday morning. The storm center deepened rapidly as it moved east, then northeast to eastern central Ontario by Thursday afternoon. The strong pressure gradient resulted in 25 to 40 mph sustained winds with frequent gusts to 50 mph in most of Michigan. Over eastern Upper Michigan, the highest wind gust was to 75 mph at Drummond Island Airport. The Corps of Engineers reported the wind gusted to 72 mph at the Sault Locks at 1230 EST. Other gusts include, 69 mph at Whitefish point at 1230 EST, and 71 mph at 1100 EST on the Mackinac Bridge. Power outages were reported in the Upper Peninsula at Mackinac Island.

Heavy lake effect snow

On October 21, 1995, lake effect snow affected portions of West Upper Michigan from the evening of the 20th into the early morning of the 21st. The heaviest snow was at Ironwood with 11 inches. An area of six to eight inches of snow occured between Lanse, Sidnaw, Bruce Crossing and Marenisco. Several trees and power and power lines were downed causing numerous power outages.

Heavy snow-early season

On October 21, 2002, a record daily snowfall occurred at WFO Marquette with 7.5 inches.

Today in History 10-21

Fun Facts
1797 US Navy frigate Constitution Old Ironsides launched in Boston
1805 Battle of Trafalgar Admiral Nelson defeats French & Spanish fleet
1868 Severe earthquake at 7:53 a.m. centered in Hayward California.
1869 1st shipment of fresh oysters comes overland from Baltimore
1879 Thomas Edison perfects the light bulb.
1897 Yerkes Observatory of the University of Chicago is dedicated.
1918 Margaret Owen sets world typing speed record of 170 wpm for 1 min.
1923 Deutsches Museum Munich 1st Walther Bauersfeld's Zeiss Planetarium.
1944 During WWII US troops captured Aachen 1st large German city to fall
1945 Women in France allowed to vote for the 1st time
1948 Facsimile high-speed radio transmission demonstrated Washington DC
1959 Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright opens in NY
1960 JFK & Nixon clashed in 4th & final pres debate
1967 Ejnar Hertzsprung Danish astrophysicist dies at 94.
1967 Thousands opposing Vietnam War tried to storm the Pentagon
1971 Nixon nominates Lewis F. Powell & William H. Rehnquist to US Supreme Court following resignations of Justices Hugo Black & John Harlan
1974 1st Islander shut-out opponent - Billy Smith 5-0 VS. Caps
1975 Venera 9 1st craft to orbit the planet Venus launched
1976 Saul Bellow wins Nobel Prize for Literature
1977 US recalls William Bowdler ambassador to South Africa
1984 Steve Jones runs Chicago Marathon in world record 2 h 8 m 5 s. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.