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.
1851: The first performance of the opera "Rigoletto" by Giuseppe Verdi takes place in Venice, Italy. The tragedy had a successful premiere and is considered by many to be the first of the operatic masterpieces of Verdi's middle-to-late career.
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