Spanish Flu in History

Historical Events

The 1918 Flu Pandemic

1918-03-11 US Army mess cook Private Albert Gitchell of Fort Riley, Kansas becomes the first documented case of Spanish flu; start of worldwide pandemic killing 50-100 million

  • 1918-08-27 Spanish flu arrives in Boston, beginning of the second wave and deadliest wave in the US

Famous Deaths

  • 1918-10-16 Felix Arndt, American composer, dies during the Spanish Flu pandemic at 29
  • 1918-11-09 Guillaume Apollinaire [Kostrowitsky], French poet (Alcools) and art critic (coined the term 'Cubism'), dies during the Spanish Flu pandemic at 38