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Stories of the Past: Saturday, September 8, 2001

September 08, 2001

50 years ago — On the anniversary of the writing of "The Star Spangled Banner," an invention of a Brawley man stands in the Smithsonian Institute alongside a first copy of the song. Braulio Diaz, inventor of the "master rotatable flagpole" and other devices for displaying the U.S. flag, recently returned from Washington, D.C.

40 years ago — A San Diego dove hunter collapsed in a field seven miles south of Holtville and died of heart failure. The 46-year-old man was discovered at 9:30 a.m. by two friends.

30 years ago — Local school teachers will not receive raises negotiated this spring until federal authorities clear up confusion surrounding the effect of the wage-price freeze on teachers' salaries, announced county Schools Superintendent Clarence Ray Lowe.

20 years ago — Two Brawley Union High School students are in custody of juvenile authorities today after an incident Thursday afternoon in which a third youth received minor knife wounds on his chest, Superintendent Dick Fragale said today. The incident, involving five students, took place in the gym dressing room preceding a freshman football game with a team from Kofa High School. According to Fragale, among the witnesses were members of the coaching staff.

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