On This Day: May 8

Tornado Talk Summary

Per the Storm Prediction Center, 38 tornadoes occurred on May 8, 1965. 13 of those were in the state of South Dakota. The strongest tornado was a massive F5 that roared through parts of Eastern Tripp county. This is the only F5 on record for the state of South Dakota, since 1950. Read the full summary here

A home that was swept away, via the Winner Advocate.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

May 8, 1905: A devastating F4 tornado moved 20 miles from about 11 miles South of Marquette, KS and crossed right through the town. “Homes of both poor and good construction were swept away, and entire families were killed.” A total of 34 fatalities occurred, and 50 injuries.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2003, an F4 tornado moved through 17.3 miles through Moore, OK. 45 people were injured as dozens of buildings were damaged or destroyed. The worst damage occurred to the General Motors plant, where buildings were flattened, and over 600 new SUVs that were just rolled off the assembly line were destroyed.  Source. 

Photo of the tornado via NWS Norman.
Destruction in Moore, photo via NWS Norman.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1784, a hailstorm struck the town of Winnsborough, SC. Several people and many livestock were killed. Hailstones were reportedly up to 9″ in circumference. 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 1980: World Health Organization announces smallpox has been eradicated. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Bill de Blasio was born on May 8, 1961, in New York, New York. He is a Democratic politician who was mayor of New York City (2014–21). He also served as Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager for her successful senatorial run in 2000 and as a New York City councilor (2002–09).
Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1912: Film and television production and distribution studio Paramount Pictures is founded. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1976: ABBA scored their third UK No.1 single with ‘Fernando’, the song went on to become ABBA’s biggest selling single, with sales over 10 million. And also on day Abba started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their ‘Greatest Hits’ album.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1978: The first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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