Today in History, April 5, 1974: Stephen King’s first novel, ‘Carrie,’ published

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Indian Chief Powhatan’s daughter Pocahontas married Englishman John Rolfe in the Virginia Colony.


The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts on a monthlong return trip to England.

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President George Washington cast the first presidential veto on a measure for apportioning representatives among the states. 


Oscar Wilde lost his criminal libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry, who’d accused the writer of homosexual practices.


Jess Willard knocked out Jack Johnson in the 26th round of their fight in Havana, Cuba, to claim boxing’s world heavyweight title.


President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order creating the Civilian Conservation Corps.


British Prime Minister Winston Churchill resigned for health reasons.


Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur died in Washington, D.C., at age 84.


Stephen King’s first published novel, “Carrie,” was released by Doubleday.


Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes died in Houston at age 70.


During an outdoor demonstration against court-ordered school busing in Boston, a white teenager swung a pole holding an American flag at a black attorney in a scene captured in a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph now known as “The Soiling of Old Glory” that was taken by Stanley Forman of the Boston Herald American.


Businessman and aviator Howard Hughes died.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar broke Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time career scoring record with 31,421 points.


Two American servicemen and a Turkish woman were killed in the bombing of a West Berlin discotheque, an incident which prompted a U.S. air raid on Libya more than a week later.


The Fox TV network premiered in prime time showing “Married…With Children” and “The Tracey Ullman Show.”


A 15-day hijacking ordeal began as gunmen forced a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet to land in Iran.


Wang Zhizhi became the first Chinese player to play in the NBA when he took the court for Dallas against Atlanta. (Wang scored six points and grabbed three rebounds as the Mavericks beat the Hawks 108-94.)


ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings revealed he had lung cancer (he died in August 2005 at age 67).


Actor Charlton Heston, big-screen hero and later leader of the National Rifle Association, died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 84.


North Korea fired a rocket over Japan, defying Washington, Tokyo and others who suspected the launch was a cover for a test of its long-range missile technology.


The Pentagon quietly lifted an 18-year ban on media coverage of fallen U.S. service members.


In his first public comments about Stormy Daniels, President Donald Trump said he didn’t know about the $130,000 payment his personal attorney Michael Cohen had made to the porn actress who alleged she had an affair with Trump.


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