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

Contact John Boyer at (804) 649-6209 or, and follow him on Twitter, @boyerweather.


John Boyer is the first staff meteorologist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He joined the RTD newsroom in November 2016. Boyer earned his degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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