50 years ago, 1963: One time Mousketeer Annette Funicello turned 21. She turned up at Superior Court in Los Angeles to collect $46,950 in savings bonds she earned while she was under contract to Walt Disney. She planned to buy her parents a new car and herself - some clothes.
25 years ago, 1988: Two once-doomed California gray whales followed a Russian icebreaker to freedom, rescued from their icy prison by an unlikely combination of Eskimos, environmentalists, National Guardsmen, and Soviet seamen in a 20-day mission of mercy that fascinated the world.
10 years ago, 2003: Wildfires that burned for days merged into walls of flame stretching across miles in parts of Southern California, leaving 13 people dead, burned 650 homes, and frustrated overworked firefighters.