July 23, 1788
Mid-Atlantic Ocean: (22nd-24th) George Washington Hurricane;
After causing ship disasters off SW Bermuda,
the storm moved NW over Tidewater, NC and VA
to pass right over George Washington's Mt.
Vernon plantation. On July 24th, George
Washington wrote in his diary: "About noon
the wind suddenly shifted from NE to SW and
blew the remaining part of the day violently
from that quarter. The tide this time rose
near higher than it was ever known to do,
driving boats, etc. into fields, where no tide
had ever been heard of before, and most, it is
apprehended, having done infinite damage on their
wharves at Alexandria, Norfolk, Baltimore, etc.
At home all day."
July 23, 1975
Canton, IL: A tornado ripped through a 3-block section of
downtown, killing 2 people, injuring 75 and
creating $5 million damage. A 15-food wooden
plank was driven through an auto engine block,
splitting the front of the car in two. The
woman driving was not injured. National Guardsmen
were called in to prevent looting.