On This Day: Noriega sentenced to 40 years in prison

On July 10, 1992, former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was sentenced to 40 years in prison for cocaine racketeering.
By UPI Staff  |  Updated July 10, 2017 at 6:50 AM
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July 10 (UPI) -- On this date in history:

In 1925, the so-called Monkey Trial, in which John Scopes was accused of teaching evolution in school, a violation of state law, began in Dayton, Tenn., featuring a classic confrontation between William Jennings Bryan, the three-time presidential candidate and fundamentalist hero, and legendary defense attorney Clarence Darrow.

In 1962, the pioneer telecommunications satellite Telstar began relaying TV pictures between the United States and Europe.

In 1985, Coca-Cola, besieged by consumers dissatisfied with the new Coke introduced in April, dusted off the old formula and dubbed it "Coca-Cola Classic."

In 1989, Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and countless other Warner Bros. cartoon characters and radio and TV comic creations, died from complications of heart disease. He was 81.

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In 1991, Boris Yeltsin was inaugurated as the first freely elected president of the Russian republic.

In 1992, former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was sentenced to 40 years in prison for cocaine racketeering.

In 1999, the U.S. team won the Women's World Cup in soccer, defeating China in the final on penalty kicks.

In 2009, General Motors completed its race through bankruptcy with the signing of a contract with the U.S. government, which got 61 percent of the company. The recovery plan included considerable shrinkage, including the closing of factories and layoffs of 21,000 union workers.

Then-General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson attends a press conference in New York City on June 1, 2009. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

In 2011, media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News of the World, Britain's best-selling weekly newspaper, abruptly ceased publication amid allegations that its reporters and investigators had hacked into telephones of royalty, politicians, celebrities, homicide victims, families of fallen soldiers and others to illegally gain material for stories.

In 2012, an Israeli court acquitted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of corruption but found him guilty of breach of trust. The charges stemmed from a period before he was PM.

In 2014, Hamas, responding to Israeli airstrikes against Palestinian militants in Gaza, released a video saying it would carry out terrorist attacks in Israel. The narrator said, "Wait for suicide attacks on every bus, cafe and street."

A bulldozer removes debris as rescue workers search for victims under the rubble of a house that was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike that killed eight members of a family Haj, in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 10, 2014. File Photo by Ismael Mohamad/UPI
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