Twenty years ago — 1997
Nike Inc. will recall shoes carrying a logo that offended Muslims because it resembled the word “Allah” in the Arabic script, the shoemaker and an Islamic group said today. Under the written agreement between Nike and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Nike will apologize to Muslims and recall shoes with the logo. In exchange, the council will urge Muslims worldwide not to boycott Nike products. Executives from the Islamic council said the written agreement was a victory for Muslims in the United States.
Thirty years ago — 1987
When Michael Caffery makes his annual swim across Lake Erie on July 17 to kick off the American Red Cross Swim-A-Cross Week, he will be getting his energy to complete the 12-mile swim from Red Wing peanut butter and jelly. The Fredonia company is a major sponsor for Caffery’s swim across the lake. The relationship is a natural one because the veteran Buffalo marathon swimmer and attorney eats a Red Wing peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day. He also eats one-quarter of a sandwich every hour while he is making the five-hour swim across the lake. He will be swimming from Crystal Beach, Ont., to the Erie Basin Marina in Buffalo. Red Wing peanut butter has achieved a certain celebrity status. It is a favorite of writer, editor and sailor William F. Buckley. Actor Charlton Heston is another devoted fan.
Forty years ago — 1977
A census of blacks and Puerto Ricans, which has been strongly recommended by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, now is under way in Dunkirk. The survey will be conducted on a door-to-door basis in designated areas with persons contacted asked six questions relating to race, family size and home ownership.
Fifty years ago — 1967
Seneca Indian landowners have won a two-year battle to recover damages for 39 parcels of land taken from them by the federal government for the Kinzua Dam Reservoir. The final decision awarded the Indians $595,690.