50 years ago — Federal and state investigators were in the Imperial Valley investigating the two-day-old farm labor strike to determine whether an official labor dispute exists. The officials also were deciding whether 5,000 Mexican contract workers should be withdrawn from their jobs for the duration of the strike.
40 years ago — The problem of whether citizens should be allowed to fertilize their lawns with barnyard manure is due for another hearing at the El Centro City Council meeting tomorrow. The city attorney will report on the smelly problem.
30 years ago — High winds last night caused mishaps involving three trailers. Two overturned near the intersection of Highway 111 and Interstate 8 east of El Centro, reported the Highway Patrol.
20 years ago — Some 45 students will receive their bachelor's and master's degrees during San Diego State University's 21st commencement exercises scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday in Calexico. In addition, 38 graduates will receive credentials in areas ranging from multiple subjects teaching to special education.