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.
1888: The Great Blizzard of 1888 begins along the eastern seaboard of the United States. Over the next four days, it would shut down commerce and result in more than 400 deaths.
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