>>50 stories ago — Operation Skywatch, a civil defense volunteer organization, was put on alert along the border of the country by an order from Washington, D.C.
"The Soviets have had the capability for some time to attack us," said Maj. Gen. Frederick H. Smith Jr., explaining why the 24-hour watch is essential.
>>40 years ago — Charles Wilson, former superintendent of Barbara Worth School, is recipient of the educator's award presented by Valley Forge Freedom Foundation. The honor was given to only 14 educators in the United States, selected on the basis of having done the most to foster American values among children.
>>30 years ago — The government ban on DDT for use on farm crops by Dec. 31 will not even cause a ripple in this county, Claude Finnell, Imperial County agricultural commissioner, reported. Finnell said it was 10 years ago when use of DDT was restricted in Imperial County.