On This Day: May 23

Tornado Talk Summary

Per The Storm Prediction Center, there were 24 tornadoes that occurred on May 23, 1966. The strongest was an F3 that quickly hit parts of northern Hunt County, TX and the Wolfe City area. There were actually 3 tornadoes in Hunt County close to the same time. Read our full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

May 23, 1946: Grazulis documents two F4s tornadoes in Washington County, KS. The first moved SW of Enosdale and stayed west of Washington. A woman was killed in one of two farm homes that was swept away. The second F4 leveled a farmhouse east of Washington. Two were injured, no fatalities.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2019, an EF3 tornado tracked for nearly 16 miles from near Follett, TX to near Laverne, OK. An unanchored house was swept away and a pick-up truck was thrown 0.30 miles and mangled.  Source. 

The house that was swept away. Photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 2019, an EF0 tornado struck Westmont, PA. A 1.6 mile long by 300-yard wide swath of trees was blown down. Some of the fallen trees fell on homes and cars.   Source

Tree damage in Westmont. Photo via Tornado Talk Writer, Nick Wilkes.

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 1785: Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

John Payne was born May 23, 1912, in Roanoke, Virginia. He was an actor, a popular leading man during the 1940s who appeared opposite Alice Faye and Betty Grable in a succession of Twentieth Century-Fox musicals. He died in 1989. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1922: Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2000: Eminem released his third studio album the Marshall Mathers LP. It debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200, staying atop for eight consecutive weeks and went on to sell over 25 million copies worldwide. The album is one of the most groundbreaking and controversial albums in the history of American music. The Marshall Mathers LP has been named on several lists of the greatest albums of all time and is widely regarded as Eminem’s best album.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 2013. A freeway bridge carrying Interstate 5 over the Skagit River collapses in Mount Vernon, Washington. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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