Spanish Flu in History

Historical Events


The 1918 Flu PandemicThe 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
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1918: A group of Americans in California with a message for their fellow countrymen
1918: A group of Americans in California with a message for their fellow countrymen

Historic DiscoverySpanish Flu

1918-10-31 Spanish flu kills 21,000 people in the US in a single week
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Staff of the American Red Cross remove a Spanish flu victim from a house in St. Louis, Missouri, during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic
Staff of the American Red Cross remove a Spanish flu victim from a house in St. Louis, Missouri, during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic

Famous Deaths

  • 1918-10-16 Felix Arndt, American composer, dies during the Spanish Flu pandemic at 29