>>50 years ago — Bob Butters of Brawley won the 20-lap main event as seven new records were written into books at the micro-midget program on the El Centro track.
>>40 year ago — The annual migration of sugar beet leafhoppers into Imperial County has begun, Agricultural Commissioner Claude M. Finnell has announced in a field of beets being treated for other pests, it is recommended one pound of DDT per acre be applied.
>>30 years ago — Film star Gilbert Roland will serve as grand marshal for the 1971 Los Vigilantes-Merchants 26th Christmas Parade in El Centro Dec. 4. Roland was bon in Chihuahua, Mexico and has been in Hollywood since the 1920s.
>>20 years ago — Although there have been vast improvements in the quality of the New and Alamo rivers, "the time bomb is still with us," said Stu Gummer, chairman of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, at a workshop Thursday in El Centro.