Events and culture when Richmond experienced previous solar eclipses.
May 10, 1994
In Richmond, clouds occasionally blocked a partial eclipse in the early afternoon. The annular eclipse path went from Baja California through the Central U.S. to Nova Scotia.
Hit song: “The Sign,” Ace of Base
Top film: “With Honors”
On TV: “Full House” on WRIC, “Rescue 911” on WTVR, “Dateline NBC” on WWBT
News headline: Mandela proclaimed president
Virginia headline: 3 cadets resign in cheating probe
Weather: Variably cloudy with a brief shower, high 72
May 30, 1984
The very narrow track of an annular eclipse cut through Mexico, Atlanta and eastern Virginia. In Richmond, the midday eclipse was obscured by overcast skies.
Hit song: “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” Deniece Williams
Top film: “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”
On TV: “Real People” on WWBT, “PM Magazine” on WXEX, “Donahue” on WTVR
News headline: ‘Grave Concern’ cited as Saudis get more arms
Virginia headline: Revitalized Meadow Farm planned
Weather: Overcast with morning rain, high 66
March 7, 1970
A partial eclipse was visible from Richmond in the early afternoon. The totality path stretched along the Atlantic coastline and right through Hampton Roads.
Hit song: “Bridge over Troubled Water,” Simon and Garfunkel
Top film: “MASH”
On TV: ACC basketball championship on WTVR, “Adam-12” on WWBT, “American Bandstand” on WXEX
News headline: Nixon Asks Laos Accord Be Renewed
Virginia headline: Senate Votes Hike in Cigarette Tax
Weather: Mostly clear, high 58
July 20, 1963
A total solar eclipse occurred through Alaska, Canada and Maine. A partial eclipse was visible from Richmond in the late afternoon.
Hit song: “Surf City,” Jan and Dean
Top film: “Cleopatra”
On TV: “The Defenders” on WTVR, “Joey Bishop” on WXEX, “Lawrence Welk” on WWBT
News headline: Khrushchev Sees Hope Of Partial Test Treaty
Virginia headline: Nazi Leader Is Jailed in Emporia
Weather: Partly cloudy, high 95
Sept. 1, 1951
The track of an annular eclipse began in Virginia and stretched across Africa to Madagascar. In Richmond, it was seen as a partial eclipse at sunrise.
Hit song: “Come on-a My House,” Rosemary Clooney
Top film: “Alice in Wonderland”
On TV: “Arthur Godfrey,” “The Cisco Kid” on WTVR
News headline: Slashed Foreign Aid Bill Is Approved by Senate
Virginia headline: Hopewell Jury Indicts Sampson on Lottery Promotion Charge
Weather: Morning fog then sunny, high 92