On this day: April 9

Published On: Apr 06 2013 12:22:11 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 09 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

General Lee surrenders at Appomattox Court House, NASA picks its first seven astronauts, the Houston Astrodome opens, and Iraqis tear down Saddam Hussein's statue in a liberated Baghdad, all on this day.

OTD April 9 - Manuel Noriega
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1992: A U.S. Federal Court finds former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega guilty of drug and racketeering charges. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison in September 1992, a sentence that was later reduced to 30 years. He served 17 years in prison, including time awaiting trial, before being released for good behavior on Sept. 9, 2007, but was extradited to France for another four-year prison stay. He is now serving a 20-year sentence in Panama for human rights violations committed during his regime.

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