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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, August 28, 2001

August 28, 2001

50 years ago — Primo Villanueva, a football player from Calexico, is a member of the All-Southern California high school team. The squad includes 35 high school football stars of the 1950 season. They are in San Diego practicing to meet with an All-Los Angeles team for the 11th annual football classic Friday night.

40 years ago — A "Christmas in August" party was celebrated Friday night in El Centro by the Edana Theta Rho Girls' Club of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The highlight of the evening was when Santa Claus presented queen Peggy Chronister with her crown.

30 years ago — An irate steer jumped a pasture fence, trotted into a Brawley residential area and rammed a police car before it was subdued. The steer, reportedly weighing 1,000 pounds, escaped from its closure at Eastern and D streets just outside the city limits.

20 years ago — Hot August weather is hardly a surprise in the Valley, but the blistering heat Thursday was a record-breaker. Thursday's high of 116 degrees was the hottest Aug. 27 recorded since the Imperial Irrigation District began keeping records in 1914.

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