50 years ago — Imperial County employees voted more than 2 to 1 in favor of a county retirement plan, the County Clerk's Office announced yesterday.
40 years ago — U.S. Customs seized $24,000 in heroin from a Los Angeles man who said he feared "this was the time I'd be caught," according to Customs Agent Kent Lewis. The heroin was hidden under the glove compartment.
30 years ago — The Ben Abatti onion shed at Second Street and Commercial Avenue in El Centro, which closed last year under strike action, opened with a full crew under a tentative contract with Local 78-B, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Workers union (AFL-CIO).
20 years ago — The Valley experienced a disaster Tuesday. A bus full of students hit a truck carrying toxic chemicals at 10th and State streets in El Centro, then sideswiped a church group walking across the intersection. A fire started and poisonous acrylonitrile fumes spread through the air. More than 80 persons were injured and 12 died on the spot.