On This Day: July 5

Tornado Talk Summary

During the early morning hours of July 5, 1978, a family of tornadoes moved through parts of Norman, Mahnomen, Polk and Clearwater Counties in Minnesota. Officially, the SPC Database lists a rating of F2. Thomas Grazulis though has a rating of F3. It was a devastating event that covered 55-60 miles or more (there are discrepancies on the path length). Four fatalities were reported and 40+ injuries. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

July 5, 1643: From Grazulis about an event in Essex County, MA: “According to the journal of the Governor of Masschusetts, a Native American Indian was killed by a falling tree during a ‘sudden gust’ – A meeting house was also destroyed. While many books list this as the first recorded American tornado, it was probably a gust front or downburst-type storm.”

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2000, an F3 tornado devastated a farm near Fleming, CO. All buildings, including the farmhouse, were destroyed, vehicles and farm machinery were tossed and destroyed, and a corn field was scoured. Other farms sustained damage, as well, and two people were injured. Source. 

The destroyed farm house, photo via Northeast Colorado's Historic Photo Book.
Scoured field, photo via Northeast Colorado's Historic Photo Book.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1984, a family of four F2 tornadoes that were embedded within a 17-mile long by 3-mile wide downburst tracked through parts of Berks and Lehigh Counties, PA, from near Fleetwood to Macgunie. Grazulis rates one of the tornadoes F3. The tornadoes and downbursts destroyed six homes and severely damaged 40 houses, with minor damage to dozens of other homes and buildings.   Source: Significant Tornadoes 1880-1989. 

Map and damage photos via July 1984 Storm Data.

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 1994: Amazon.com founded in Bellevue, Washington by Jeff Bezos. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

P.T. Barnum was born July 5, 1810, in Bethel, Connecticut. He was a showman who employed sensational forms of presentation and publicity to popularize such amusements as the public museum, the musical concert, and the three-ring circus. In partnership with James A. Bailey, he made the American circus a popular and gigantic spectacle, the so-called Greatest Show on Earth. He died in 1891. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1989: “Seinfield” (originally titled The Seinfeld Chronicles” screens its pilot episode starring Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards on NBC. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1986: Janet Jackson started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Control’. The album featured the hit singles: ‘What Have You Done for Me Lately’, ‘Nasty’, ‘Control’, ‘When I Think of You’, and ‘Let’s Wait Awhile’.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 2012: The Shard in London is inaugurated as the tallest building in Europe, with a height of 310 metres (1,020 ft). Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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