Tornado damaging Grand Rapids and record heat top the list of West Michigan weather events on this day in history.
From the National Weather Service archives and here are the events that happened on April 21.
1923 – A tornado struck three miles west of Scottville in Mason County. It destroyed an unoccupied home and carried pieces of it over a mile.
1967 – A tornado outbreak hits from Missouri to Michigan, killing 58 people. The worst of the damage was in northern Illinois, where dozens of people were killed in Belvidere and Oak Lawn. At least seven tornadoes hit Michigan, injuring more than 50 people and destroying dozens of homes. A tornado moved across the southern outskirts of Grand Rapids, doing heavy damage. Thirty-two people were injured and a total of 65 buildings were destroyed and another 60 heavily damaged. Another tornado injured eight people and killed 34 sheep as it moved from Westphalia to the south edge of Fowler in Clinton County.
1985 – Record heat dominates West Michigan with Grand Rapids and Lansing both reach 84°. Cooler air near Lake Michigan does not prevent Muskegon from setting two records. The day starts with a record warm low temperature of 67° and climbs to a record high of 79°.
For more info: Grand Rapids Weather History