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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 - Blizzard of March 1888
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Brooklyn Museum Collection

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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