Wednesday, April 4, 2012

This Day in History April 5, 1936

As we see the tornadoes that happened in Dallas/Fort Worth area yesterday, I am now drawn to another date when terrible tornadoes occurred.  It was on this date in 1936 that the nightmare began in Mississippi.

In all, 17 tornadoes ripped through the Gainseville/Tupelo, Mississippi area beginning on April 5 and ending on April 6.  The fourth deadliest tornado tore through Tupelo on April 5, 1936 about 8:30 P.M.  Ten were killed and many more injured as the F5 tornado ripped through Tupelo.  By the time this destructive system ended, about 216 people were killed, and more than 700 were injured (African Americans were not included in these totals).  The property damage was estimated at three million dollars.

This was a horrific time, and if you would like to read more, I will list the links:,_1936


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