FYI October 17, 2017

1091 – London tornado of 1091: A tornado thought to be of strength T8/F4 strikes the heart of London.
The London Tornado of 1091 is reckoned by modern assessment of the reports as possibly a T8 tornado (roughly equal to an F4 tornado) which occurred in London in the Kingdom of England and was the earliest reported tornado, occurring on Friday, 17 October 1091.[1] The wooden London Bridge was demolished, and the church of St. Mary-le-Bow in the city of London was badly damaged; four rafters 26 feet (7.9 m) long were driven into the ground with such force that only 4 feet (1.2 m) protruded above the surface. Other churches in the area were demolished, as were over 600 (mostly wooden) houses. For all the damage inflicted, the tornado claimed just two victims from a population of about 18,000.[2][3]


1921 – Priscilla Buckley, American journalist and author (d. 2012)
Priscilla Langford Buckley (October 17, 1921 – March 25, 2012)[1][2] was an American author who was the managing editor of National Review magazine and a sister of its founder William F. Buckley, Jr.. Another brother was retired federal judge and former United States Senator James L. Buckley who named his daughter after her and dedicated his 2010 book Freedom at Risk: Reflections on Politics, Liberty, and the State to his sister.[3][4]

Personal life

Buckley was born in New York City to William Frank Buckley, Sr., and Aloise Josephine Antonia Steiner. She graduated with a degree in history in 1943 from Smith College where one of her best friends was feminist Betty Friedan.[5][6] She worked for the CIA in the 1950s and for United Press in New York and Paris from 1944 to 1948 (NY) and again from 1953 to 1956 (Paris). She later wrote a 2001 book about her United Press days, “String of Pearls.” [7][8] Whittaker Chambers was the one who suggested to William F. Buckley that he make his sister the managing editor of National Review, a position she acquired in 1959 when the original managing editor Suzanne La Follette retired.[9] She worked as an editor of National Review for forty-three years.[10] Some of the writers whom she helped to train include Paul Gigot, Bill McGurn, Mona Charen, and Anthony R. Dolan.[11] Her 2001 memoir about international journalism was entitled String of Pearls while her 2005 memoir Living It Up with National Review: A Memoir is about her time at National Review magazine as well as stories about her travels and personal life.[12][13]

Buckley died on March 25, 2012, at the age of 90, at Great Elm, the house in Sharon, Connecticut, where she and her nine siblings grew up.[14]


John McCain: Remarks At The 2017 Liberty Medal Ceremony
May God bless them. May God bless America, and give us the strength and wisdom, the generosity and compassion, to do our duty for this wondrous land, and for the world that counts on us. With all its suffering and dangers, the world still looks to the example and leadership of America to become, another, better place. What greater cause could anyone ever serve.

Thank you again for this honor. I’ll treasure it.
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