50 years ago — Imperial County taxpayers had filed about 8,000 federal returns but an estimated 12,000 people had yet to complete their forms with the deadline in 10 days. The Internal Revenue Service branch office in El Centro is booming with business.
40 years ago — Activity was at a standstill in the Imperial Valley's Greyhound bus terminals as buses were idled for the second day of a driver's strike. The 3,600 striking drivers are affecting an estimated 120,000 passengers from seven western states.
30 years ago — Eighteen Imperial Valley growers have been ordered by Secretary of Labor Arthur Goldberg to withdraw all their braceros. Goldberg thinks a "possible crisis of tension that existed" a month ago in the Valley has passed. An estimated 2,800 braceros will be affected by the ruling.
20 years ago — With the re-appearance of sunny skies in the Valley, attendance at the California Mid-Winter Fair perked Tuesday, bringing this year's total attendance to date to 61,235. The total attendance has exceeded the 59,275 total for the same time last year.