On this day: March 11

Published On: Mar 05 2013 11:10:53 AM CST   Updated On: Mar 11 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

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.

OTD March 11 - World Trade Center
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2002: Two columns of light are pointed skyward from ground zero in New York City as a memorial to the victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It initially ran as a temporary installation until April 14, 2002, and was launched again in 2003 to mark the second anniversary of the attack. It has been repeated every year since on Sept. 11.

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