Saragosa, TX F4 Tornado – May 22, 1987! Horribly tragic event. 30 killed, 22 of which were in one location: Saragosa Hall. Families had gathered for a graduation ceremony for Head Start 4-year-olds. Most of those killed were parents or grandparents. Read the full summary here!
Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!
May 22, 1916: An F2 tornado moved through mining camps, 6 miles SW of Birmingham, AL. “Steel high-tension towers were blown down, and several trees were snapped off a few feet above the ground.” Three of four members of a family were killed in a home near Spring Gap.
On this day in 2016, an EF3 tornado struck near Big Spring, Texas; some homes and many oil rigs were ripped apart. Source.
Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day
On this day in 1986: A devastating hailstorm hit the Sichuan Province of China. Reports indicate that up to 100 people were killed, 35,000 homes destroyed and entire crops devastated. Source.
A Look Back Through The Ages! On This Day In History!
On this day in 1843: 1st wagon train with 700 – 1000 migrants, departs Independence, Missouri for Oregon. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com!
Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber), was born May 22, 1942, in Evergreen Park, Illinois. He was a criminal who conducted a 17-year bombing campaign that killed 3 and wounded 23 in an attempt to bring about “a revolution against the industrial system.” Source: Britannica.
Film & TV
On this day in 1956: “Bob Hope Show” last airs on NBC-TV. Get more daily history at onthisday.com!
On this day in 1980: U2 kicked off their 23 date ’11 O’Clock Tick Tock’ tour at The Hope & Anchor in London. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!
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