Tonawanda News — 2002 — 10 years ago
• United Airlines, reeling from two years of heavy losses and unable to pay off nearly $1 billion in debt, filed for federal bankruptcy court protection, the largest such filing in aviation history.
• Fire destroyed a two-story apartment building and bar at the corner of Oliver and Robinson streets. Second floor apartments collapsed into the Clover Club housed on the first floor.
1987 — 25 years ago
• Quality Christmas trees could be purchased from Twin Pines Nursery, Mississippi Mudds and Robinson Farms.
• Paul Hemple and Scott Junkin joined more than 25 water skiers for the annual Ski-a-Thon at Niawanda Park to benefit the United Way.
1962 — 50 years ago
• No paper published
1942 — 70 years ago
• Julian Johnson, aka Robert Sullivan, was ordered back to North Carolina where he had escaped from a road gang while serving a 15 year sentence after breaking into a freight car and stealing $500 worth of cigarettes and other items.
• A test blackout was scheduled for 9:30pm using a new three alarm system. Citizens were to expect lights out, no smoking, and no lighting matches.