50 years ago, 1964: The Erie County Juvenile Detention Home was completely inadequate as a facility for detaining minors. The county jail was not fit for adults, let alone juveniles, and the city jail, while modern, simply did not provide adequate facilities for detaining young people, so summed up a study by the National Study Service.
25 years ago, 1989: President Bush, on the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, set a goal of sending astronauts back to the lunar surface and onto Mars in the 21st century. Bush said he would not set a timetable or price tag for such a mission, which also caught the interest of the Soviet Union.
10 years ago, 2004: The government was quietly shipping stocks of antidotes against chemical weapons to states under a long-awaited program to boost response to a potential terrorist attack. New York and Boston were among the first areas to receive the "chem-packs."