>>50 years ago — Starting Monday, all El Centro city offices will open for business at 9 a.m. instead of the present at 8 a.m. No telephone calls will be answered until 9 a.m.
>>40 years ago — "A thrill a minute" is promised to spectators who attend the El Centro Sunshine Fly-in and Air Show. The event, sponsored by the El Centro Chamber of Commerce, will be at the Imperial County Airport. In addition to the flying stunts, there will be an exhibit of new, antique and home-built planes.
>>30 years ago — Brawley is playing host to what sponsors predict will be up to 1,000 motorcyclists attending the fourth annual cycle rally. The rally, to which both the American Motorcycle Association and non-association clubs were invited, is sponsored jointly by Mary's Men Motorcycle Club of Lemon Grove and the Brawley Chamber of Commerce.
>>20 years ago — A fire of unknown origin injured one firefighter Friday night and devastated the Calexico Imperial Hardware Store at Second Street and Rockwood Avenue, causing damage estimated in the millions. More than 35 firefighters and four fire engines were called to fight the blaze, which was reported to the Calexico fire station at 6:23 p.m. Friday.