50 years ago — Major League Baseball returns to Imperial Valley after a lapse of three years. A spring-training exhibition game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates has been scheduled on March 28 at Stark Field in El Centro.
40 years ago — Horse lovers will gather in Holtville today for the annual Horse Show and Gymkhana, the first event in the city's 1961 Carrot Festival. Sixteen events will be run.
30 years ago — It took El Centro 15 years to approve a 25-cent hike in its taxi cab rates, but it appears Brawley will be doing it after only three years. The Brawley City Council this week ordered its city attorney to draw up a new ordinance establishing the rate hike at the request of Brawley Cab Co. owner Edward T. Ward.
20 years ago — Brawley on Wednesday became the first Valley city to order an end to the shooting of captured dogs and cats as a measure of enforcing the countywide rabies quarantine. Police Lt. Bernard Homme signed a directive that Brawley veterinarian Ben York "shall humanely dispose of impounded animals upon the direction of the Brawley Police Department."