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.
1968: Otis Redding posthumously receives a gold record for his single "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay." Redding died at the age of 26 on Dec. 10, 1967, just three days after recording the song, which would become his biggest hit and the first posthumous No. 1 record on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts.
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