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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, March 6, 2001

March 06, 2001

50 years ago — A psychiatric examination has been arranged for an unemployed El Centro cabinet maker who threatened to dynamite the Santa Anita race track. The man's wife, who resides south of El Centro, told the Post-Press he may have become desperate because he lost $100 in bets.

40 years ago — Hailed as "the biggest, most spectacular, most exotic entertainment ever to come to Imperial Valley," 500 performers will present a pageant of Mexican and Aztec arts, dancers and songs at the Mid-Winter Fair.

30 years ago — Ten foreign navy and marine officers from such widespread homelands as Spain, Latin America and Southwest Asia left Imperial Valley today to tour the Grand Canyon. Friday they toured the Valley agricultural scene.

20 years ago — The Calexico City Council threw its support behind the Heffernan Memorial District Board's bid to raise funds for the debt-ridden hospital through a tax initiative. The council unanimously approved a resolution this week supporting the district's May 12 special election on a tax levy.

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