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December 9, 2012

Do You Remember Dec. 9?

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.

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