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Sheriff Thomas Higgins and Mayor James D. Griffin, both Korean War veterans, reflected on their service and the plight of Korean War vets everywhere as efforts to place a Korean War memorial at the waterfront Servicemen’s Park were coming together. Griffin and Erie County Executive Dennis Gorski, a Vietnam veteran, were honorary chairmen of the effort. "Mayor and sheri…

On this date in 1989, as Western New Yorkers and Chinese nationals filled Niagara Square, hope was high that more freedom and more democracy was coming to Red China. Within a week, hopes were dashed as the infamous crackdown occurred and estimates of anywhere from hundreds to thousands of protesters were killed in Beijing as the government used tanks and rifles to quell t…

Among the news on the front page of the May 29, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: On the St. Lawrence River, the steamship Empress of Ireland collided with another ship and sank within 20 minutes. The casualties reported weren't exact; initial reports indicated all passengers had been saved, but that turned out not to be true. At the time this page was printed, estimates were …

Made at M. Wile in Buffalo, Johnny Carson’s line of suits for men was one of the top sellers at Kleinhans men’s shop in 1974. "Blue denim look by Johnny Carson in a fabric you can lean on" "Johnny keeps fashionably cool in his latest … the 'denim suit' look. It has the casual appearance of denim but is tailored in a two-way texturized, stretch woven fabric.' "

Among the news on the front page of the May 28, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: "Protocol must be arranged" or the peace talks will fail, announced a headline; a story by Richard Harding Davis, along the right rail, compares the work of the peace envoys with that of soldiers in Mexico, who don't get to take breaks. The widow of cereal manufacturer Charles W. Post was to rec…

On this date in 1994, Crossroads Arena project manager Larry Quinn assured nervous city officials that the project was in good shape and that the new home of the Sabres would open soon under an aggressive timeline. "Crossroads officials assure city task force that arena funding is on track, but delayed" "The Crossroads Arena deal is in no danger of falling apart, jittery…

On this date in 1984, Buffalo Magazine carried an in-depth history of the day -- June 1, 1866 -- that six companies of Irishmen left Buffalo to invade Canada, with the goal of freeing Ireland from the yoke of the English. The group of Irish nationalists took canal boats across the river, set up tents in Fort Erie and raised an Irish flag. While the nationalists set about…

Chances are, if you remember Hills Department Stores, then you almost certainly remember the snack stand in each location. Popcorn, Icees and hot dogs were promised to many children if they behaved while in the store. Hills celebrated Memorial Day 1984 by making that promise more affordable for the parents who made it: a hot dog and a pop cost only 20 cents. Local Hills …

Among the news on the front page of the May 27, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: Multiple headlines carry updates on the situation in Mexico; most notably, the country's president reportedly is prepared to leave office. Richard Harding Davis' story from Mexico reports that a consul "expresses surprise at story of firing squad" but refuses to talk about his experiences as a p…

It’s not every day that a deer bursts through the front window of a restaurant. "Deer serves crash course at Hamburg restaurant" "A deer apparently decided on takeout -- at least it didn't stay around for table service Wednesday after bursting into a Hamburg village restaurant, taking out a window along the way. "Witnesses said the deer raced across Clark Street near …

As recently as the 1950s, the blue pike, or blue walleye, was the most prevalent of Lake Erie fish, and it was certainly among the best fish for eating available off Buffalo’s shores. Men could catch 30 or 40 a day in the 1940s, until the ability to catch even one petered out in the late 1950s. In the early 1980s, the fish was officially declared extinct, though some tho…

For the three seasons Doug Flutie played for the Buffalo Bills, there was no more popular man in Buffalo. Between his role in the “Business Backs the Bills” campaign to sell suites and make capital improvements to the stadium, to the several incarnations of Flutie Flakes, to his seemingly magical play on the field, the undersized underdog always seemed to leave people…

For decades, Erie County lawmakers battled over “the extra penny” in county sales tax. It was during a fiscal crisis in 1984 that the tax was raised eventually raised from 7 percent to 8 percent. Save for 10 days, the sales tax rate in Erie County has been at least 8 percent since 1987. That 1 percent was a political hot potato for years, as it had to be renewed bi-an…