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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, March 13, 2001

March 13, 2001

50 years ago — March 15 is the deadline for taxpayers to file their 1950 income tax returns. O.W. Wallace Jr., chief of the El Centro branch of Internal Revenue Service, said delinquent penalties will be invoked March 16 on taxes not filed before the deadline.

40 years ago — A Tucson-based driver of a white, Chrysler-powered No. 18 died as his car rolled in the third turn at the Imperial fairgrounds track in racing action. A record-setting crowd witnessed the accident.

30 years ago — A farm laborer was treated at El Centro Community Hospital on Friday night after what he claimed was a "small animal" jumped out of a taco he was eating and bit him on the lower lip. Police believe the animal was a black widow. The man did not say where he got the taco.

20 years ago — County agriculture income took a dramatic nose dive in 1980, dropping $800 million from the record-breaking income of 1979. Agriculture in Imperial Valley grossed $757 million in 1980, according to figures released by county Agriculture Commissioner Claude Finnell. Finnell cited the disastrous 1979-80 lettuce market and the declining market for livestock as the major factors contributing to the decline.

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