50 years ago — An advance guard of 51 people will arrive in El Centro by Aug. 15 to start work in the joint U.S. Air Force and Navy parachute test project at the El Centro Naval Auxiliary Air Station.
40 years ago — El Centro Police arrested a 27-year-old Oklahoma baby-sitter on suspicion of disturbing the peace. The woman reportedly used profanity and enticed others into an argument between the child's relatives.
30 years ago — Elmer House, an Imperial Valley farmer, finds time to cultivate his creative talents in more ways that the art of growing crops. His home features a unique display of art work deftly executed by House with his chisel, hammer and welding torch. Stainless steel is the media employed by House.
20 years ago — The Calexico swim team has acquired a new name. They are now the Calexico Dolphins. The new name was selected recently in a "name the team contest" won by Emma Castro of Calexico. The winner was given a free pass for swimming privileges for the remainder of the summer season at the Calexico Municipal Pool.