On This Day: December 5

Tornado Talk Summary

‘They had always said Vicksburg would never have a tornado because of the river’ – Marie Renaud, survivor of the 1953 Vicksburg Tornado. Marie was interviewed by the NWS Jackson for the 60th anniversary of the tornado. She was 11 years old when the tornado hit. She, like many Vicksburg, MS residents believed that the river would protect them from a tornado. Unfortunately, on December 5, 1953, a destructive twister crossed over the Mighty Mississippi and directly hit the town of Vicksburg. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!

December 5, 1933: An F2 tornado moved 10 miles through Sabine Parish, LA. “The wife of a plantation owner was killed in the destruction of their home.” 

Twister From The 2000s

December 5, 2005: An F1 tornado tracked through Crawfordsville, FL. 26 homes were damaged, as was the Ivan Assembly of God church. Damage totaled $1.2 Million. Source

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

December 5, 1934: Fairbanks, AK, reached 58 degrees, setting a record high. This was day two of five straight days above 50 degrees. Source. 

Clipping from the December 5, 1934 copy of the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, taken from newspaperarchive.com

Pieces of the Past

A Look Back Through The Ages!  On This Day In History! 

Sources:  onthisday.com, thisdayinmusic.com & Britannica

Historical Event

On this day in 1848, US President James K. Polk triggers gold rush of 1849 by confirming a gold discovery in California. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1901, Walt Disney, American motion-picture and television producer and showman, was born in Chicago, Illinois. He died in 1966. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 2006, Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy little black dress from film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” auctioned for charity for record £467,200 ($923,187) at Christie’s, London! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1993, Doug Hopkins co-founder of American rock band Gin Blossoms died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds age 32. The guitarist and songwriter was in a detox unit of Phoenix’s St. Luke’s Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona when he snuck out and bought a .38 caliber pistol. The next day Hopkins committed suicide. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

December 5, 1952: Beginning of the Great Smog in London. A cold fog combines with air pollution and brings the city to a standstill for four days. Later, a Ministry of Health report estimates 4,000 fatalities as a result of it. Image credit: N T Stobbs, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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