On this day: March 11

POSTED: 09:10 AM PST Mar 05, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 10, 2014 

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.

OTD March 11 - Madrid train bombings
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2004: Simultaneous explosions on four rush hour trains in Madrid, Spain, kill 191 people and wound 1,800 more. The official investigation found that the attacks, which came three days before Spain's general elections, were directed by an al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist cell. A total of 21 people were found guilty on a range of charges from forgery to murder for their roles in the attacks.

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