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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Today is Wednesday, July 10, the 191st day of 2019 with 174 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Saturn.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include Protestant theologian John Calvin in 1509; author/abolitionist Solomon Northup in 1808; Danish-French artist Camille Pissarro in 1830; painter James Whistler in 1834; German brewer Adolphus Busch in 1839; inventor Nikola Tesla in 1856; French novelist Marcel Proust in 1871; educator Mary McLeod Bethune in 1875; TV news anchor/commentator David Brinkley in 1920; social activist Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1921; boxer Jake LaMotta in 1921; former New York City Mayor David Dinkins in 1927 (age 92); author Alice Munro in 1931 (age 88); musician Ronnie James Dio in 1942; tennis star Arthur Ashe in 1943; actor Ron Glass in 1945; actor Sue Lyon in 1946 (age 73); folksinger Arlo Guthrie in 1947 (age 72); actor Phyllis Smith in 1951 (age 68); baseball Hall of Fame member Andre Dawson in 1954 (age 65); actor Fiona Shaw in 1958 (age 61); football coach Urban Meyer in 1964 (age 55); country singer Gary Levox in 1970 (age 49); singer/TV personality Erika Jayne, born Erika Girardi, in 1971 (age 48); actor Sofia Vergara in 1972 (age 47); actor Adrian Grenier in 1976 (age 43); actor Jessica Simpson in 1980 (age 39); actor Isabela Moner in 2001 (age 18).

On this date in history:

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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.

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.

A thought for the day: "True champions aren't always the ones that win, but those with the most guts." -- Mia Hamm