On this day: February 5

POSTED: 10:36 PM PST Feb 04, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 04, 2016 

The U.S. military scores its first aerial victory, Reader's Digest is first published, Disney's "Peter Pan" premieres, and Manuel Noriega is indicted, all on this day.

OTD February 5 - swine flu
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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library

1976: The 1976 swine flu outbreak begins at Fort Dix, New Jersey, with U.S. Army Pvt. David Lewis complaining of respiratory illness and of feeling tired and weak. A few days later Lewis died from what was determined to be swine flu. The outbreak is most remembered for the mass immunization that it prompted in the United States, including President Gerald Ford, seen here receiving his swine flu vaccination. Lewis remained the only death attributed to the disease and it never spread beyond Fort Dix.


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