50 years ago — "International Burlesque," a striptease motion picture, has come to El Centro and has already departed. It showed for two days at the Palms theater and was closed by the El Centro police.
40 years ago — A courageous El Centro lad Friday night rescued his mother from a knife-wielding intruder who had forced his way into the family home and held a knife to the terrified woman's throat. Young Keith Hartsock, 15, grabbed the interloper, turned him around and punched him in the face.
30 years ago — Imperial Valley's unprecedented cold that has broken records and caused serious crop damage is expected to moderate slightly over the next few days.
20 years ago — The rabies epidemic is not going to put a damper of the California Mid-Winter Fair, but it may make the animals a little more sore. The county advisory council contacted fair manager Richard Montejano on Wednesday night and urged the fair board to "treat the matter as an emergency."