50 years ago — A gunman serving time behind bars is one thing but a gunman who designs and tailors guns while behind bars is quite another. It was Carbine Williams himself who served part of a 30-year prison sentence in the Carolinas and recently visited the Imperial Valley. Williams was a guest of law enforcement officers representing 11 Southern California counties.
40 years ago — Worldwide attention is being focused in El Centro through the development at the John D. Hess Testing Corp. of a new method of testing shrinkage in cement and masonry products.
30 years ago — Some 900 people, 200 of them veterans, have applied for 94 jobs created with $597,000 in federal funds to employ the un- and under-employed, reports Stephen Zdravecky, manager of the El Centro branch of the state Department of Human Resources Development.
20 years ago — When County Clerk Harry Free makes an election prediction, people listen. Thirty-one percent of the registered voters turned out for the election Tuesday, only four points lower than Free's pre-election estimate of 35 percent.