>> 50 years ago — Imperial Valley officials indicated Friday they are in accord with other Southland water officials' opinions that a new method of converting salt water to fresh water "costs too much." A new, less costly method was revealed by Dr. Edwin R. Gilliland of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
>> 40 years ago — County Auditor Irene Mattox said Wednesday after reading the county Grand Jury's report, that it was ridiculous to assume that there was a discrepancy in any of the county books amounting to more than $1 million.
>> 30 years ago — Trail bike enthusiasts and homeowners squared off during opening minutes of the Brawley City Council meeting. Property owners showed up at two prior sessions to protest unsupervised bike riding and resulting noise and dust on the city's north and west sides.
>> 20 years ago — A member of the Navy's Blue Angels died in the crash of his A-4 Skyhawk early today while the team was reportedly practicing its six-plane "delta" formation over a remote desert area southwest of Westmorland. The tragic accident took the life of the team's lead solo pilot, Lt. Cmdr. Stu Powrie.