A devastating F5 tornado crossed through parts of Lubbock, TX, during the late evening of May 11, 1970. It was actually the 2nd tornado of two that hit the Lubbock area that evening. Per the NWS Lubbock, “Dr. Theodore “Ted” Fujita later determined that all but one of the deaths (96%) occurred along the path of suction spots (also know as suction swaths and suction marks).” There were 26 fatalities and 500 injuries. Read the full summary here!
Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!
May 11, 1943: Grazulis writes about an F2 tornado that moved from Cahaba, AL to SE of Selma to near Burnsville. Tenant homes were destroyed on four plantations near Selma. A child was killed after being thrown 400 yards from a home site. 20 people were injured.
On this day in 2014 an EF3 tornado tracked for nearly 22 miles through parts of Clay and Filmore Counties in Nebraska. It passed just west and north of Sutton. At least one home was destroyed. Source.
Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day
Salvador Dalí was born May 11, 1904, in Figueras, Spain. He was a surrealist painter and printmaker, influential for his explorations of subconscious imagery. He died in 1989. Source: Britannica.
Film & TV
On this day in 1956: Pinky Lee Show last airs on NBC-TV. Get more daily history at onthisday.com!
On this day in 1967: The Bee Gees made their Top Of The Pops debut performing ‘New York Mining Disaster’ on the UK TV show. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!
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