Today in Southern History: The Tupelo Tornado

5 April 1936 

On this date in 1936…

A twister with an estimated F-5 strength killed more than 230 people when it devastated Tupelo, Mississippi.


Other Years:

  • 1792 – U.S. President George Washington exercised his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power by a president.
  • 1861 – Federals abandoned Ft Quitman, Texas
  • 1862 – The Battle of Yorktown, Virginia began.
  • 1933 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed two executive orders: 6101 to establish the Civilian Conservation Corps, and 6102 “forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold Certificates” by U.S. citizens.

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