50 years ago, 1964: Communist machine gun fire claimed a Sandusky soldier 30 miles north of Saigon. The death marked the first Sandusky casualty in the "watchdog" action in Viet Nam. Dale Daniel Thomas, 32, was gunned down while serving as part of the U.S. Advisor force.
25 years ago, 1989: Friends of the Boeckling decided the 80-year-old steamer could not be saved. In a motion that went unopposed by the 30 or so Friends who gathered to decide the boat's fate, the group took their insurance company up on its offer to buy the fire-blackened hulk.
10 years ago, 2004: President Bush signed an order officially lifting the sanctions imposed against Iraq by his father 14 years ago. The sanctions were put in place and a national emergency declared on Aug. 2, 1990, following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. Bush said the removal of Saddam Hussein ended the need for the sanctions.