Spanish Influenza breaks out, Janet Reno is confirmed as the first female attorney general, and a massive earthquake and tsunami cripple Japan, all on this day.
1982: Actress Thora Birch, best known for roles in movies such as "American Beauty" and "Ghost World," is born in Los Angeles, Calif.
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