On This Day: May 1

Tornado Talk Summary

This tornado traveled 12.1 miles through parts of Clay County, AL on May 1, 1953. 19 homes were destroyed and 50 damaged. There were 7 fatalities. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

May 1, 1933: A destructive tornado given an F4 rating roared through Minden, LA. 500 homes were damaged/destroyed. 28 were killed and 400 injured. “At least 16 of the deaths were in the Gillark community, SW of Minden. Homes were seen to be carried aloft and then blown apart and scattered in mid-air.”

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2018, a strong tornado developed in far northern Saline County and tracked NE through SW Ottawa County. Multiple buildings received EF2 damage, with the worst damage occurring near the end of the tornado’s path where low-end EF3 damage was found. Source. 

A house that was ripped open, photo via NWS Topeka.
A truck that was thrown, and ground scouring is visible. Photo via NWS Topeka.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1999, the low temperature in Miami, FL, was 58 degrees. This set a record low.  Source

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 1924: German automobile manufacturers Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie begin their first joint venture (later merge into Mercedes-Benz). Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Tim McGraw was born on  May 1, 1967, in Delhi, Louisiana. He is a musician and actor whose melodic heartfelt songs and sandy Southern twang made him one of the most popular country music singers in the 1990s and early 21st century. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1939: Batman first appears in Detective Comics #27. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1956: Johnny Cash released his classic song, ‘I Walk the Line’, which became his first No.1 Billboard country hit and remained on the charts for over 43 weeks, selling over 2 million copies. The unique chord progression for the song was inspired by backwards playback of guitar runs on Cash’s tape recorder while he was in the Air Force stationed in Germany. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1931: The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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