50 years ago — An all-out push by California desert areas to attract winter visitors was launched in Los Angeles this week when members of the state Chamber of Commerce, Desert Empire division, met in the Biltmore Hotel to give committee reports. William G. Duflock, manager of the El Centro chamber, is serving as chairman of the slogan committee.
40 years ago — The B.W. Horn Co. of Rosemead today became the low bidder for work at Mecca Beach in the Salton Sea State Park. Improvements include installation of a boat-launching ramp, additional campsites, restrooms and parking facilities and completion of an underground waterworks system.
30 years ago — The traditional "El Grito," the cry of independence that echoed across Mexico on Sept. 16, 1810, will echo across the nation again. Baja California Gov. Raul Sanchez Diaz will appear on the balcony of the governor's palace in Mexicali to ring the bell atop the building.