Tonawanda News — 2003 — 10 years ago
• Space Shuttle Columbia exploded and broke apart over central Texas on its way to landing at Kennedy Space Center, killing all seven astronauts on board. The cause of the accident was not immediately known.
• State Sen. George Maziarz was named chairman of the Senate Tourism Committee. He said he wanted to increase tourism opportunities in Niagara and Orleans counties.
1988 — 25 years ago
• Michael Basehart, a former unit director for the Boys and Girls Club of the Tonawandas, was named executive director of the organization.
• The Eastman Kodak Co. of Rochester decided to stop making its much-ballyhooed disc camera after demand for it had pretty much dried up.
1963 — 50 years ago
• “Niagara County Community College” was made the official name of the new 2-year college planned for Niagara County.
• Dipson’s Star Theatre was showing “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane” starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
1943 — 70 years ago
• Alicia Von Rhein was the first child to be registered with the day nursery school in the Gilmore school which was overseen by the Child Care, Protection and Development committee of the NT War Council.
• For the first time in 49 years the board of directors of the Sweeney Hose Company voted to discontinue the annual reunion and to invest the saved money in War Bonds.