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.
1950: Film director Jerry Zucker (left), who directed the movies "Airplane!," "Top Secret" and "Ruthless People" with Jim Abrahams (right) and his brother David Zucker (center), is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Zucker also went on to direct the movies "Ghost," "First Knight" and "Rat Race," and co-wrote the scripts for the "Naked Gun" movies.
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