Tonawanda News — 2002 — 10 years ago
• The Niagara Aerospace Museum opened in Niagara Falls. On display was a Bell47NC3H helicopter that was built at a local Bell factory and it was one of the first helicopters to be certified for commercial flight in the U.S. in 1946.
• New York City won the right to bid for the 2012 Olympics and will now compete against other world cities – Paris, Rome, and Moscow –for the event. The Olympic Committee will announce the winner in 2005.
1987 — 25 years ago
• Unofficial election night returns showed a tie between incumbent David Miller and Ronald Pilozzi for Mayor of Tonawanda. A recount and absentee ballots could break the tie.
• Dennis Gorski was the first Democrat to be elected as Erie County Executive.
1962 — 50 years ago
• No paper published.
1942 — 70 years ago
• Forty-year-old former New York City district attorney and racket-buster Thomas E Dewey was elected overwhelmingly to the office of Governor of New York State.
• There was talk of re-opening the Kibler High School cafeteria which had not been used for several years. Kibler High was designated to be used in housing and feeding victims of enemy air raids in the event of such an attack.