Vol MMXVII, No 100
April 10, 1979
Tornado Kills 42 Injures 1700 in Wichita Falls
Wichita Falls Tornado
WICHITA FALLS (1979)
The single worst tornado in Texas history in terms of property damage, hit Wichita Falls on this date in 1979 when an F4 tornado hit the city destroying 3,000 homes and causing over $400 million in damages.
The tornado touched down about 3 miles northeast of Holliday where it damaged homes and businesses. Entering Wichita Falls, it severely damaged Memorial Stadium, McNeil Junior High, and a major part of the residential area of the Wichita Falls. The tornado continued it's path northeast across the Red River and into Oklahoma where it dissipated north of Waurika.
The Wichita Falls tornado of 1979 was one of the deadliest in Texas history, killing 42, and leaving over 20,000 people homeless. Among the dead were 25 who died in their vehicles trying to escape the storm.
Lyndon Johnson wins 10th Congressional Race
On this date in 1937, Lyndon B Johnson won his first elected office, being elected to the US House of Representatives as Congressman from the 10th District of Texas. He is helped in his election by the Speaker of the House, Sam Rayburn.