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  • 1905 - May 15 - Las Vegas Nevada founded
  • 1911 - Las Vegas is incorporated

  • 1931 - The Pair-O-Dice Club was the first casino to open on Highway 91, the future Las Vegas Strip.
    In March 1931 Governor Fred Balzar signed into law the bill legalizing gambling in the state. resources/ state-facts/ nevada.html
    LAS VEGAS, Nev., June 23 - (UP) - A dynamite explosion which claimed the lives of two men and injured three others late Saturday night, near the site of Boulder dam, was scheduled for investigation by a coroner's jury today.

    The dead were William Bryant, 42, and Jim Sweeney. Lee Ivey, C. Buckston, 25, and Press Hughes, 28, were the injured, Ivey the most seriously.

    The blast, which happened in the Nevada tunnel on the Six Companies' railroad to the damsite, occurred when Sweeney too vigorously tamped a charge of 60 per cent dynamite into a hole, it was said.

    Other premature blasts and slides on the preliminary dam work have killed five men during the past two months.
    Ogden Standard Examiner
    Ogden, Utah
    June 22, 1931
  • 1941 - Las Vegas strip was estabished webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nvtimeln.htm
  • 1946 - December 26 - Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens
  • 1955 - Riviera Hotel became first high-rise webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nvtimeln.htm
  • News  1956 - $200,000 FIRE SWEEPS VEGAS' BOULDER CLUB
    LAS VEGAS, Nev., Nov. 26 - (AP) - One of Nevada's oldest casinos, the Boulder Club, was gutted by fire last night at a loss estimated by Fire Chief Elmer Gates, at $200,000.

    As firemen played hoses on the flames, croupiers hurriedly removed stacks of chips and silver dollars. Money and chips were loaded into a police car and taken for safe keeping to the adjoining Horseshoe club.

    One of an estimated 2,000 persons jamming the downtown area to watch the blaze said; "That police car was so full of dough I thought it was going to tip over."

    Firemen said the blaze started in upstairs dressings rooms.

    The club was issued its gambling license, one of the state's first, in 1929.
    The Bridgeport Post
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
    November 26, 1956
  • 1957 - September 19 - 1st underground nuclear explosion at Las Vegas Nevada
  • 1959 - The longest running show in Las Vegas is the Follies Bergere at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. It opened in 1959.
    The production numbers in "Showgirls" were written specifically for the Paul Verhoeven film and shot in the Horizon Hotel at Lake Tahoe. The bulk of the movie used locations located at the Luxor and the Forum Shops at Caesars. resources/ state-facts/ nevada.html
  • 1980 - November 21 - MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas in fire; 84 die

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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female ancestorVivan Jewel KELLIHER (24 April 1880, Mariaville, Maine, USA - 17 March 1937, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
male ancestorFrank Thomas CULLEN (14 July 1900, Cleveland, Ohio, USA - 25 June 1960, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
male ancestorGaspard COTE (07/28/1910, Frenchtown, Missoula, Montana, USA - 10/30/2002, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
female ancestorLillian Alice WILSON (1911, Spencer, South Dakota, USA - January 2002, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
male ancestorPhilimon DROUIN (19 March 1913, Rockland, Ontario, Canada - 23 September 2004, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
male ancestorClifford Carver REED (04/06/1913, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - 05/24/1998, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
female ancestorLois MONEAR (6/17/1914, Cle Elum, Washington, USA - 11/20/1979, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
female ancestorFlorence Isabel SCHWENTKER (08/10/1916, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA (Losanteville) - 04/23/2003, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
female ancestorJuanita BELL (06/25/1920, , Oklahoma, USA - 04/07/2005, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

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photo of Robert Cornelius "Bob" DEPREZ Robert Cornelius "Bob" DEPREZ (9 May 1923 - 13 September 1992) and photo of Diana Annabelle "Di" KERR Diana Annabelle "Di" KERR (9 December 1930 - 8 March 2017) married 12 February 1951
photo of Kenneth Charles HABERSHON Kenneth Charles HABERSHON (9 May 1919 - 10 April 2008) and female ancestorBeatrice K ABETZ (28 March 1911 - 18 November 1990) married 25 June 1970
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