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Here are some highlights from The Buffalo Evening News of May 11, 1917: * Congress set a goal of 10 million new soldiers that must register for the war effort. Men between 21 and 30 would be required to sign up and fast. * Self-admitted "dope fiends" told police they committed a series of robberies to buy morphine. The men were arrested while they were prowling aroun…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of May 10, 1917: * After British forces gained some ground in France, the Germans launched a counterattack. Colonel Theodore Roosevelt wanted to raise a volunteer army to head the French front, but Congress turned him down. * A Canadian man attempting to buy a cap for his son ended up accused as being a German…

From the moment French missionary and explorer Father Louis Hennepin laid eyes upon Niagara Falls, visitors to the natural wonder have been in awe of its majesty. The three waterfalls that collectively make up Niagara Falls — the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls — attract an impressive 30 million visitors every year. For more than two c…

The sound of the explosion was unmistakable. The music teacher, Mrs. Seibold, directed students to the door, but it was already too late. They were repelled by thick, billowing clouds of smoke and flames that engulfed the hallway. They immediately retreated to the windows at the back of the classroom, breaking the glass and pushing themselves through the small window pa…

Here are some highlights from The Buffalo Evening News of May 9, 1917: * Swedish aviator Victor Carlstrom was killed when his plane collapsed at an altitude of 3,500 feet in Newport News, Va. Also in the plane was an Army aviator student. Carlstrom was a record-holding aviator who set an air speed record for flying across the United States. He also had close ties with …

The Central Library's new exhibition, "Building Buffalo: Buildings from Books, Books from Buildings," features more than 65 works from great architects in world history. Their ideas and the presentations of their work on the library's racks played an important role in how the city's architects molded the future Buffalo. The books in the exhibit span the 16th to the earl…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of May 8, 1917: * Kaiser Wilhelm narrowly escaped an assassin's bullet while in a car on his way to Berlin. The Kaiser was typically very well guarded, and a second decoy car often was taken along on car trips. * Forty Buffalonians offered to enlist in Col. Theodore Roosevelt's proposed volunteer division after C…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of May 7, 1917: * British and French troops both made advancements against the Germans. The British government asked Japan to help transport American troops to the front in France before the end of the summer. * Local banks began to offer low-denomination "liberty loans" as a "patriotic service" to the country. …

It was just after 3 a.m. Oct. 21, 1920, when five men, revolvers drawn and hats pulled low, stalked toward the rear passenger car of New York Central Railroad Train No. 15 as it sat idle on the tracks during a routine delay near Clinton and Lord streets on Buffalo’s East Side. Three of the bandits boarded the rear platform of the Pullman car after shooting railroad f…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of May 5, 1917: * In world news, the fight still raged on on the Western Front as the U.S. Naval Board believed it had solved the German submarine menace by conducting experiments to find the weaknesses in the U-boats. After the recent revolution in Russia, the country was still stabilizing and forming its new gover…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of May 3, 1917: * British and French armies make gains against the Germans on the battlefields of France. Meanwhile, Brazil drew a step closer to declaring war against Germany. * The U.S. government was planning a large aviation field in the Great Lakes and The News wanted it to be in Buffalo. A front page item c…

On the night of April 14, 1865 — only five days after Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, thus ending the Civil War — Abraham Lincoln was mortally wounded by an assassin’s single bullet while attending a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Lincoln’s lanky, lifeless body was carried across the street to a boarding house where he finally succ…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of May 2, 1917: * The American ship Rockingham was sunk by a German torpedo and 13 members of the crew were missing. In the meantime, the U.S. was preparing to send troops and supplies to the Allied front after declaring war on Germany on April 6. The News speculated that New York's guardsmen may be called to be th…