On This Day: May 29

Tornado Talk Summary

Fort Rice, ND F5 Tornado – May 29, 1953: This massive tornado traveled 15-20 miles (there are discrepancies in the record) through parts of Morton and Emmons counties. Most of Fort Rice was destroyed. Per newspaper articles, the population of this village was approximately 50. Thomas Grazulis noted, “A large church was leveled at Fort Rice. Its pews jammed four feet into the ground.” He also documented that parts of a car were carried a half mile. Read our full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

May 29, 1910: Grazulis documents a “complex tornado and downburst event” that passed 4 miles north of Charleston, WV. A man running for shelter was killed. 40 were injured.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2008, an EF3 tornado plowed through the town of Jewell, KS. Several homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed, and a water tower was toppled.   Source. 

A home that was leveled. Photo via NWS Hastings.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1982, an F4 tornado ripped through the town of Marion, IL. 10 people were killed and 200 injured as numerous buildings were destroyed.  Source

Photo of the tornado via NWS Paducah.

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 1453: Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire falls to the Turks under Mehmed II; ends the Byzantine Empire. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

John F. Kennedy was born May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was the 35th president of the United States (1961–63), who faced a number of foreign crises, especially in Cuba and Berlin, but managed to secure such achievements as the Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and the Alliance for Progress. He was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, in 1963. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1942: Yankee Doodle Dandy”, based on life of George M. Cohan, directed by Michael Curtiz, starring James Cagney and Joan Lesley, premieres in NYC. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1942: Bing Crosby recorded the Irving Berlin song ‘White Christmas’. Crosby recorded the song with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers in just 18 minutes. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1914: The Ocean liner RMS Empress of Ireland sinks in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence with the loss of 1,012 lives. Photo of the RMS Empress of Ireland via Wikimedia Commons.

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