50 years ago — A total of 1,200 students from the Imperial and Yuma valleys played for ratings at the third annual music festival on the grounds of Central Union High School on April 7. Presentations included vocal and instrumental solos and complete band performances.
40 years ago — About 500 persons attended the first session of the Imperial Valley Freedom Forum yesterday at Palmer Auditorium in Brawley. The auditorium was about half full for the anti-communism program.
30 years ago — Security Pacific National Bank in Brawley had to crack into its own walk-in safe after the time-lock device malfunctioned.
20 years ago — Speaking at a Brawley Rotary Club meeting Wednesday, John Theis, vice president of I.T. Corp., admitted that the controversial dump site near Westmorland was designed for geothermal and pesticide wastes in the county, but closure of the dump sites in Los Angeles was forcing the importation of hazardous wastes from that area.