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.
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.
National Archives and Records Administration
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J.K. Nakata/United States Geological Survey
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