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Top 50 news events in the Buffalo area

This took more time than I'd hoped, but your input to our earlier blog about the top stories in local history now has produced an expanded and updated list. We've gone from 36 to 50 in this admittedly subjective version, and we've added some long-lived events such as the Great Depression, Prohibition and WNY participation in World War II; continuous coverage of those events consumed prodigious amounts of newsprint, but the nebulosity of all that cost them in rankings that (subjectively) favor specific events.

Here's the new list. Feel free to comment, again. And thanks for posting on the earlier one!

1.  Opening of the Erie Canal (Oct. 26, 1825) *
2.  British burn Buffalo (Dec. 30, 1813)*
3.  President McKinley assassinated (Sept. 6, 1901)
4.  Cleveland Hill school fire (11 die, 19 hurt, March 31, 1954)
5.  Great Storm of 1844 (about 200 drown, Oct. 18, 1844)*
6.  Blizzard of ’77 (Jan. 28, 1977)
7.  Buffalo Harbor opens (April 13, 1822)*
8.  Attica prison uprising (9 hostages and 28 inmates die, Sept. 9-13, 1971)
9.  Paddlewheel steamer Erie burns off Dunkirk (more than 175 die, Aug. 9, 1841)*
10 .22-Caliber Killer  (September, 1980)
11. Flight 3407  (50 die, Feb. 12, 2009)
12. The Angola Horror train wreck (about 50 die, Dec. 18, 1868)*
13. Honeymoon Bridge collapse  (Jan. 27, 1938)
14. Financial Panic of 1837 starts with Buffalo property speculation collapse (1837)*
15. East Side propane blast (5 firefighters killed, Dec. 27, 1983)
16. Peace Bridge opens (1927)
17. Father Baker’s death draws 375,000 mourners (funeral Aug. 3, 1936)
18. Civil rights riots  (June 29, 1967)
19. Canal District fire (10 blocks burn, 700-800 homeless, Sept. 26, 1851)*
20. Love Canal (evacuated Aug. 4, 1978)
21. Pan-American Exposition dedicated (May 20, 1901)
22. Great Depression (1929-1930s)
23. Cholera epidemics of 1832-1834  (hundreds die in summer of 1832)*
24. Electricity transmitted Niagara Falls to Buffalo (Nov. 14, 1896)
25. WNY participation in World War II (1940s)
26. Bike Path Killer/Delaware Park Rapist  (2006)
27. Freighter-gasoline barge collision and fire kills 11 (Oct. 29, 1951)
28. Tim McVeigh/Oklahoma City bombing (arrest April 22, 1995)
29. Prohibition in WNY (1920s)
30. Grover Cleveland elected president (Nov. 5, 1884)
31. Vice President Millard Fillmore becomes president (1850)*
32. City schools desegregation (1972-1976)
33. Buffalo Bills first Super Bowl and “Wide Right” (Jan. 27, 1991)
34. Buffalo Sabres’ first Stanley Cup finals and the French Connection (1975)
35. Eagle Park dock collapse on Grand Island kills 37 (June 23, 1912)
36. Barnett Slepian/James Kopp abortion-related murder case (Oct. 23, 1998)
37. Schoellkopf power plant collapses (June 7, 1956)
38. Marchand murder case (artist and model scandal, March 7, 1931)
39. Cheryl Jolls kidnapping case (1961)
40. Oil barge fire explodes tanker, sinks fireboat on Buffalo River (July 27, 1928)
41. Lackawanna Six (2002)
42. Bucky Phillips manhunt (2006)
43. Michigan Avenue bridge destroyed by drifting freighter (Jan. 21, 1959)
44. Influenza epidemic (1918)
45. Buffalo Vietnam war protests at UB, (Feb. 24-March 21, 1970)
46. Erie County domed stadium dispute (1984)
47. Buffalo dockworker riots (1884)
48. Richard Long killing involves off-duty police (1977)
49. Adelphia telecommunications collapse and scandal (2002)
50. Canadiana riots (May 30, 1956)

* denotes dates before founding of The Buffalo Evening News

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