50 years ago — With one of the finest crops ever in prospect in the Northend preparations began today for the annual Tomato Festival on April 28 and 29. Barney Galeano, chamber president, said prospects are excellent for a record-breaking year with exceptionally fine exhibits and a full program of entertainment.
40 years ago — Pay increases for almost all IID's 987 employees were voted by the Board of Directors. The pay hike will range from 5 to 8 percent, directors said. The only personnel not affected will be the board members and the district's legal counsel.
30 years ago — Ben Hulse, Republican legislator, died at 5 p.m. at the El Centro Community Hospital after a three-day coma. The family has requested a Ben Hulse Educational Fund be established.
20 years ago — Brawley residents were awakened shortly after 4 this morning by a minor earthquake, although experts at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, said it probably had no relation to a tremor that rocked San Francisco 75 minutes earlier.