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1940 Armistice Day Blizzard

The Armistice Day Storm

The Armistice Day storm came as a surprise

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"The Blizzard Disaster" by Peg Kehret


Armistice Day

Interesting Fact:

During the storm, waves on the Mississippi River reached six-feet high.

Study Questions:

  • How many people lost their lives due to the Armistice Day storm?
  • Why is it called the "Armistice Day" storm?
  • Why was the storm so deadly to duck hunters?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on November 11:

    1918: World War I comes to an end with the signing of the armistice.
    1921: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated in the Arlington National Cemetery
    1966: Gemini 12 blasts off from Cape Kennedy on a four-day mission with astronauts James Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr.

  • November 11

    November 11, 1940: A blizzard blew in from the Great Plains with such intensity of wind and rapidly falling temperatures that it trapped duck hunters in their blinds and drowned sailors on the Great Lakes. It has become known as the great Armistice Day storm.

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