On This Day: May 5

Tornado Talk Summary

A deadly family of tornadoes carved a 70-80 mile path through Lunenburg, Nottoway, Dinwiddie, and Prince George Counties in Virginia on May 5, 1834. Through analysis of newspaper reports, ancestry records, and information from historical societies, we have documented the details of this significant event in Virginia history to the best of our ability. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

May 5, 1904: Grazulis documents a potential F3 tornado that moved from north of Goldthwaite, TX to near Star. Twelve homes were destroyed. Five homes were leveled. “A man and a child were killed in separate homes, and the man’s son may have died from severe injuries and exposure. He was not found until morning.”

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2019, an EF2 tornado tracked for about 17 miles near Tahoka, TX. It was up to 1.2 miles wide. Several trees and power poles were toppled, and a few homes sustained varying degrees of damage. Source. 

Photo of the tornado via NWS Lubbock.
A destroyed travel trailer, photo via NWS Lubbock.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1995, a hail storm caused $2 Billion in damage across Tarrant and Dallas Counties in Texas. Softball-sized stones batter the Mayfest Festival along the Trinity River, injuring over 400 people there. Source

Radar image of the hailstorm via NWS Dallas/Fort Worth.

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 1955: West Germany is granted full sovereignty by its three occupying powers. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Adele was born on May 5, 1988, in Tottenham, London, England); she is a British pop singer and songwriter whose soulful emotive voice and traditionally crafted songs made her one of the most broadly popular performers of her generation. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1997: “Married With Children” final episode on Fox TV. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1996: Rage Against The Machine went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Evil Empire’. The album’s title is taken from the phrase “evil empire”, which was used by former US President Ronald Reagan and many conservatives in describing the former Soviet Union. The album won the 1996 Grammy award for Best Metal Performance. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in May 5, American Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County. Painting of the battle via Wikimedia Commons.

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