On This Day: May 22

Tornado Talk Summary

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

SIGTOR Spotlight

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.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2016, an EF3 tornado struck near Big Spring, Texas; some homes and many oil rigs were ripped apart.  Source. 

A home that was ripped apart, photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).
An oil jack that was toppled.

Weather Rewind

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

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 1843: 1st wagon train with 700 – 1000 migrants, departs Independence, Missouri for Oregon. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

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

Music Trivia

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

Photo of the Day

A catastrophic EF5 tornado plows through the city of Joplin, Missouri during the evening of May 22, 2011. The tornado swept away, leveled, destroyed, or damaged thousands of structures throughout the city, including the St. John's Regional Medical Center. 158 people lost their lives, marking the deadliest tornado in Missouri history and one of the deadliest tornadoes in US history. Photo of the destroyed hospital from The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit,

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