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Stories of the past: Wednesday, December 12, 2001

December 12, 2001

>>50 years ago — California's gross cash farm income jumped 13.2 percent during the first eight months of 1951, compared with the same period of last year, according to the State Chamber of Commerce.

>>40 years ago — California's 1961 production of cotton will total 1,700,000 bales, 12 percent less than the record set in 1960, the state Crop and Livestock Reporting Service estimated Monday. Reduced acreage allotments, extreme July heat, insect damage and water shortage were blamed for the production decrease.

>>30 years ago — Air Force Sgt. Marino Cruzado, a fuel systems mechanic stationed with the Air Force's 6511th Test Group (Parachute) at El Centro Naval Air Facility, is credited with saving the lives of an Alhambra couple after their Volkswagen bus overturned and burst into flames on Interstate 10 east of Indio on Nov. 30.

>>20 years ago — A German photographer was awarded $2.7 million Friday for injuries he claimed were caused by a defect in a General Motors car. An El Centro jury deliberating for nearly two days placed damages to Juergen Schmitt, 34, at $5,320,700 but blamed General Motors for only 50 percent. Schmitt was injured in May 1979 when his rented Camaro plunged off Highway 78 near Glamis.

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