On this day: May 3

Published On: May 03 2013 12:09:25 AM CDT   Updated On: May 03 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

Washington, D.C., is incorporated, Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut, the Sears Tower becomes the tallest building in the world, and the first spam email is sent, all on this day.

OTD May 3 - 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak
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U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

1999: The southwestern portion of Oklahoma City is devastated by an F5 tornado, killing 48 people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado was just one of at least 66 from an outbreak of tornadoes across Oklahoma and Kansas on the day. It also produced the highest wind speed ever recorded, measured at 301 +/- 20 mph.

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