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Stories of the Past: Friday, March 8, 2002

March 08, 2002

>>50 years ago — Gov. Earl Warren and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico William O'Dawyer will be among the dignitaries at the governor's banquet at the Hotel De Anza to kick off the 13th annual International Cavalcade in Calexico.

>>40 years ago — "Centavo," a bilingual sea lion from the Gulf of California — he barks in both Spanish and English, was Mexico's official gift to the California Mid-Winter Fair and Festival of Nations. The new addition to the zoo at the fair will be on exhibit as a new drawing card throughout the year.

>>30 years ago — An automobile destruction derby will be staged at the California Mid-Winter fairgrounds. At the end of the contest only one car will remain able to move under its own power. Thirty-nine other vehicles will be knocked out, powerless.

>>20 years ago — Officials at El Centro Naval Air Facility had a press conference scheduled for this afternoon to announce the delay of the ECNAF and Blue Angeles air show until March 21. The team has been operating one pilot short since the death in late February of Lt. Cmdr. Stu Powrie, the team's lead solo pilot. Although an air show will take place as planned Saturday at the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, the Blue Angels reportedly will not perform there.

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