Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!
May 18, 1902: A devastating F4 tornado tracked from north of Berclair, TX to Goliad, where the worst damage occurred. Grazulis lists 114 fatalities. “The greatest damage was confined to an area between Church and San Patricio Streets, which are about four blocks apart (but do not run parallel). One quarter of the town’s 1261 people lived in this section of west Goliad and about 100 buildings in this area were obliterated. Small homes were swept away at the south end of town, and larger ones at the north end. About 85 people died within the first few hours of the tornado’s passage. The remaining deaths were slowly added to the list for weeks afterward. They died of lockjaw (tetanus) and what was generally termed “blood poisoning.”
On this day in 2013, an EF4 tornado hit near Rozel, KS. Low-end EF4 damage was done to a home along US156. The roof and walls were blown away from this well-constructed house. Several large tanks were carried a long distance. Source.
Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day
Tina Fey was born May 18, 1970, in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. She is a writer and actress whose work on the television shows Saturday Night Live (SNL)—she was its first female head writer (1999–2006)—and 30 Rock (2006–13) helped establish her as one of the leading comedians in the early 21st century. Source: Britannica.
On this day in 1966: The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals), made their first recordings at Mr Music Inc in Brick Town, New Jersey. They cut two Springsteen songs, ‘Baby I’ and ‘That’s What You Get’. The songs were cut directly to disc, of which seven or eight test pressings of the studio takes were made. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!
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