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Stories of the Past: Wednesday, February 28, 2001

February 28, 2001

50 years ago — Imperial Valley residents of Chinese descent voiced united opposition to communism in whatever form and asked other Americans to remember that the reds in Korea and Moscow are common enemies of all freedom-loving people, including the Chinese.

40 years ago — An 82-year-old hiker tumbled down 2,500 feet of rugged canyon wall near Borrego Springs and lived to tell about it. Ralph Estabrook, his body covered with bruises, was found at 9 a.m. by rangers and sheriff's deputies, ending a nine-hour manhunt that saw 30 men comb the rocky slopes of Pub Canyon.

30 years ago — Arthur W. Feldman. U.S. consul in Mexicali, has during his 28 years of service received many honors. Perhaps none will be as important as the one he will receive from the Federal Aviation Administration. Feldman has been singled out to receive the FAA's Distinguished Service Award, presented three times previously.

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20 years ago — The California Mid-Winter Fair opened its 10-day run in a record proportion Friday when 18,575 people passed through the gates. This exceeds the old record of 17,201 set last year. The third-highest opening day crowd was 17,121 in 1979.

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