Tonawanda News — 2003 — 10 years ago
• Ricky Brooks, the fiery North Tonawanda High School baseball ace with a fastball that topped 90 mph, was said to have forced scouting supervisors to make a detour through Western New York this season.
• Jeannie Vega, 9, and Kodie Hertel, 10, were among the 20 children who performed in the local version of “American Idol” at the Franklin Street Boys and Girls Club.
1988 — 25 years ago
• No paper published.
1963 — 50 years ago
• Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper began a 22 orbit mission aboard his 3,000 pound spacecraft, Faith 7. His mission was to test effects on weightlessness and amass information for the upcoming Gemini and Apollo missions.
• L. Richard Reed of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War was to be the keynote speaker at the re-dedication of the Civil War Monument in Tonawanda on Memorial Day.
1943 — 70 years ago
• Seaman and merchant-ship gunner Basil D. Izzi, who survived 83 days on a life raft in the open Atlantic after a sub torpedoing, spoke at factory-rallies at Buffalo Pumps, Buffalo Bolt, Remington-Rand, American District Steam, and Spaulding Fibre.
• Miss Stella Wiech, Norton Aurigema, Frank Graf, and Lawrence Hurtubise were among 24 North Siders who were awarded service pins for their participation in the city’s salvage drives.