50 years ago, 1964: Teamsters President James R. Hoffa, professing his innocence to the last, was sentenced to eight years in prison for seeking to tamper with a federal court jury. He was fined in addition a total of $10,000.
25 years ago, 1989: One day after being sworn in as coordinator of the federal government's anti-drug effort, William Bennett announced an immediate suspension on the import of AK-47's and similar semiautomatic weapons, which are increasingly favored by criminal drug dealers.
10 years ago, 2004: The deficit swelled to a record $541.8 billion in 2003, according to a government report. The latest snapshot of trade activity showed that the current account deficit last year was 12.7 percent bigger than the previous all-time high deficit of $480.0 billion in 2002.