spotlight Today In History, April 5: Howard Hughes Apr 5, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Friday, April 5.Today's Highlight in History: 1976: Howard Hughes In 1976, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes died in Houston at age 70. AP 1915: Jess Willard vs. Jack Johnson In 1915, Jess Willard knocked out Jack Johnson in the 26th round of their fight in Havana, Cuba, to claim boxing's world heavyweight title. AP 1955: Richard J. Daley In 1955, Democrat Richard J. Daley was first elected mayor of Chicago, defeating Republican Robert E. Merriam. AP 1955: Winston Churchill In 1955, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill resigned his office for health reasons. AP 1964: Douglas MacArthur In 1964, Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur died in Washington, D.C., at age 84. AP 1974: "Carrie" In 1974, Stephen King's first published novel, "Carrie," was released by Doubleday. AP 1975: Chiang Kai-shek In 1975, nationalist Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek died in Taipei at age 87. AP 1986: West Berlin Discotheque On April 5, 1986, 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. AP 1988: Kuwait Airways Hijacking In 1988, a 15-day hijacking ordeal began as gunmen forced a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet to land in Iran. AP 2001: Wang Zhizhi In 2001, 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.) AP 2005: Peter Jennings In 2005, ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings revealed he had lung cancer (he died in August 2005 at age 67). AP 2008: Charlton Heston In 2008, actor Charlton Heston, big-screen hero and later leader of the National Rifle Association, died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 84. AP 2009: Barack Obama Ten years ago: President Barack Obama, visiting Prague, launched an effort to rid the world of nuclear weapons, calling them "the most dangerous legacy of the Cold War." AP 2009: North Korea Missile Ten years ago: 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. AP 2009: Pentagon Ten years ago: The Pentagon quietly lifted an 18-year ban on media coverage of fallen U.S. service members. AP 2014: Afghanistan Elections Five years ago: Millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats and rain as they went to the polls to choose President Hamid Karzai's successor. (Ashraf Ghani emerged the winner.) AP 2014: Breanna Stewart Five years ago: Breanna Stewart, UConn's 6-foot-4 sophomore star, was named The Associated Press Player of the Year. Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw was selected coach of the year for the second straight season. AP 2014: Peter Matthiessen Five years ago: Award-winning author and environmentalist Peter Matthiessen, 86, died on Long Island, New York. AP 2018: China Trump Trade Dispute One year ago: In a dramatic escalation of the trade dispute with China, Trump told the U.S. trade representative to consider slapping an additional $100 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods. AP 2018: Donald Trump & Stormy Daniels One year ago: 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. AP 2018: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva One year ago: A Brazilian judge issued an arrest warrant for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (loo-EEZ' ee-NAH'-see-oh LOO'-luh duh SEEL'-vuh) as the once-popular leader tried to mount a political comeback ahead of October elections; da Silva had sought to stay out of prison while he appealed a corruption conviction. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. 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