On This Day

June 8, 1966 in History

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Events in History

  • Topeka, Kansas is devastated by a tornado that registers as an "F5" on the Fujita Scale: the first to exceed US$100 million in damages. Sixteen people are killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.

Deaths in History

  • Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (b. 1890)
  • Joseph A. Walker, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace), dies in an aircraft collison at 45