Buffalo in 1980: The biggest WNY events of the ’70s, in pictures

By Steve Cichon

Over a two-page spread six days into the 1980s, The News looked back at the most important stories of Western New York over the previous 10 years in photos.

Fourteen photos represented events that defined Buffalo during the decade. The images are grainy, but the memories of the happenings are still with us.

They include the Attica prison uprising; the Sabres’ coming to town and playing for the Stanley Cup; violent clashed between police and students at UB; construction of the Marine Midland Tower; OJ Simpson’s gathering records as the Bills opened Rich Stadium; noxious chemicals in a Sunset bay train wreck; St. Joseph New Cathedral is torn down, but visitor Karol Józef Wojtyla becomes pope; Love Canal closes; UB’s North Campus opens; and the Blizzard of ’77.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon is a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The storyteller and historian has written six books, worn bow ties since the 80s, and is the News Director at WECK Radio. A 25 year Buffalo media veteran, Steve's contributed more than 1400 Buffalo History stories to The Buffalo News, worked at WIVB-TV, Empire Sports Network, and spent ten years as a newsman and News Director at WBEN Radio. He's also put his communication skills to work as an adjunct professor, a producer of PBS documentaries, and even run for Erie County Clerk. Steve's Buffalo roots run deep: all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, with his first ancestors arriving here in 1827.