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On This Day: Bugs Bunny voice Mel Blanc dies

On July 10, 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.
By UPI Staff   |   Updated July 10, 2017 at 6:50 AM
On July 10, 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. UPI File Photo A model of the Telstar 1 satellite is seen at a symposium honoring the 50th anniversary of the communications satellite and the birth of global telecommunications, at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on July 12, 2012. On July 10, 1962, the United States launched the first telecommunications satellite, Telstar, into orbit, which relayed TV pictures between the United States and Europe. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega (L) appears before troops in 1985 in Panama. In 1992, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison for cocaine racketeering. EPA File Photo Photograph shows William Jennings Bryan (seated, left, with fan) and Clarence Darrow (standing, center, with arms folded) at an outdoor courtroom during the Scopes Trial (Tennessee v. Scopes) in Dayton, Tenn., in July 1925. UPI File Photo A youngster moves in for a closer look at an 18-wheeled semi-truck with 25,000 lights that is part of the Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan, at St. Louis Union Station, December 18, 1998. On July 10, 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." File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI Russian President-elect Boris Yeltsin clasps his hands to photographers after meeting with President George H.W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle at the White House on June 20, 1989. On July 10, 1991, he was inaugurated as the first freely elected president of the Russian republic. File Photo by Martin Jeong/UPI Publisher Rupert Murdoch attends the match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Keven Anderson of South Africa at Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2017 U.S. Open Tennis Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City on September 10, 2017. On July 10, 2011, 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. File Photo by Ray Stubblebine/UPI

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 United States launched the first telecommunications satellite, Telstar, into orbit, which relayed 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."

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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.

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 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 2018, divers rescued the last of the 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand, where they'd been trapped for more than two weeks.

In 2019, Forbes ranked Taylor Swift as the highest-paid entertainer for 2019, with Kylie Jenner coming in second and Kanye West third.

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