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Stories of the Past: Monday, April 29, 2002

April 29, 2002

>>50 years ago — Charles Pitzer of El Centro has been re-elected president of the Imperial Valley Pioneers Association. He was "drafted" for the position at the annual old-timer's picnic attended by 600 Sunday at the fairgrounds in Imperial.

>>40 years ago — A balloon carrying three men was launched from Brawley at 9:14 a.m. Monday on a transcontinental trip. The balloon, named "Kathleen," moved south instead of east as planned and was brought down. On board were Ben Levitt, Gordon Benson and Kurt Stehling, all connected with the U.S. Aeronautics Division.

>>30 years ago — Baja California Gov. Milton Castellanos reaffirmed his government's support for the construction of a sports complex that will include baseball and football stadiums for the staging of professional games and the rebuilding of a bullfight arena.

>>20 years ago — Brawley Mayor R.C. "Chuck" Valenzuela on Saturday will lead this year's Cinco de Mayo Parade, which will touch off Brawley's Hidalgo Society's observance of the Mexican national celebration. The parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Planters Hotel on Main Street and will make its way to the Hidalgo Hall at 10th and I streets.

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