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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, February 20, 2001

February 20, 2001

50 years ago — An estimated 500 people danced in Calexico on Saturday night at the double-barreled firemen and policemen's ball. The crowd circulated between the dance floor at the Hotel De Anza and the Elks Club. Money taken at the ball will go to the welfare fund of the police and fire departments.

40 years ago — "They are determined to wreck the United Nations and recast it in the Russian mold." Virgil Pinkley, editor and publisher of the Post and Press newspapers, told a Brawley meeting the Russians want to eliminate the U.N. secretary-general and replace him with a three-man commission.

30 years ago — Valley cotton men who met in Brawley's Palmer Auditorium for two hours to protest the state's new Nov. 1 plow-up date wound up voting to take another survey of the situation. The new order is designed to afford a host-free period during which the pink bollworm will die without cotton plants.

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20 years ago — February's warm weather may not be breaking any records, but it's starting to show an impact on cattle, crops and sweating people. Agricultural officials and the Imperial Irrigation District are feeling the effects of the unusual weather, but weather records indicate the current temperatures are not all that exceptional.

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