50 years ago — El Centro's City Council has authorized construction of a racetrack for use by the Imperial Micro-Midget Association. No date has yet been set for completion.
40 years ago — "The end of this generation will see the world all slave or all free," Ronald Reagan, nationally known screen and television star said in El Centro. Reagan was the principal speaker at the annual Central Area United Fund Breakfast attended by nearly 300 volunteer workers and guests in the Barbara Worth Hotel.
30 years ago — A proposal to make Imperial County's airport "self-supporting" under a strong airport manager was adopted by the Board of Supervisors. The board decided to streamline airport management under the county Public Works Department with a division manager.
20 years ago — More than 100 history buffs gathered Saturday afternoon about six miles west of Imperial for the unveiling of a memorial plaque pinpointing the ancient Fort Romualdo Pacheco, the only military fort constructed by the Republic of Mexico in what used to be the province of Alta California.