Today in Las Vegas History

Nevada: Reno, NV

Historical Events

  • 1905-05-15 Las Vegas Nevada founded
  • 1946-12-26 Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens (start of an era)
  • 1953-07-01 KLAS TV channel 8 in Las Vegas, NV (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-01-23 KORK (now KVBC) TV channel 3 in Las Vegas, NV (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1957-09-19 1st underground nuclear explosion at Las Vegas Nevada
  • 1957-12-29 Singers Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme wed in Las Vegas
  • 1959-02-07 Cessna lands in Las Vegas after 65 d without landing (refuels in air)
  • 1967-09-10 KVVU TV channel 5 in Henderson-Las Vegas, NV (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-03-25 KLVX TV channel 10 in Las Vegas, NV (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-10-18 Circus Circus opens in Las Vegas

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1969-07-30 Barbra Streisand opens for Liberace at International Hotel, Las Vegas

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Pianist Liberace
Pianist
Liberace
  • 1980-11-21 Fire at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas kills 84
  • 1980-11-21 MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas in fire; 84 die
  • 1981-02-10 8 killed & 198 injured by fire at Las Vegas Hilton
  • 1982-11-13 A boxing match held in Las Vegas, Nevada, ends when Ray Mancini defeats Duk Koo Kim. Kim's death on November 17 led to significant changes in the sport.
  • 1982-11-18 Duk Koo Kim dies unexpectedly from injuries sustained during a 14-round match against Ray Mancini in Las Vegas, Nevada, prompting reforms in the sport of boxing.

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1982-12-10 Heavyweight Michael Doakes KOs Mike Weaver in 1:03 in Las Vegas

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • 1983-04-07 WIBC Championship Tournament in Las Vegas, attracts 75,480 women bowlers for 83-day event
  • 1984-02-04 Frank Aquilera sets world frisbee distance record (168m) Las Vegas
  • 1985-01-02 Nevada-Las Vegas beats Utah 142-140, highest college basketball score
  • 1990-09-10 Hard Rock Cafe opens in Las Vegas Nevada
  • 1992-04-05 Dana Lofland wins Las Vegas LPGA Golf International
  • 1992-11-09 Howard Stern's radio show begins broadcast in Las Vegas Nevada (KFBI)
  • 1992-11-18 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Las Vegas NV on KXTE 107.5 FM
  • 1993-04-04 Trish Johnson wins Las Vegas LPGA at Canyon Gate Golf Tournament

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1993-04-04 Wrestlemania IX at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, Hulk Hogan pins Yokozuna

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1995-04-22 George Foreman beats Axel Schulz in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in Las Vegas

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1995-07-08 1st CFL game between 2 US teams, Las Vegas Posse vs Sacramento Gold
  • 1996-04-05 John Bobbitt is put under house arrest in Las Vegas for 120 days
  • 1996-09-07 Rap artist Tupac Shahur shot multiple times in drive by shooting in Las Vegas, dies 6 days later
  • 1997-10-26 Bill Glasson wins Las Vegas Golf Invitational

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1998-02-11 KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview

White House Intern Monica Lewinsky
White House Intern
Monica Lewinsky

Famous Birthdays


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1906-02-28 Bugsy Siegel, gangster created casinos in Las Vegas

Mobster Bugsy Siegel
Mobster
Bugsy Siegel
  • 1921-08-01 Jack Kramer, Las Vegas, tennis star (Wimbledon 1947, US Open-1946)
  • 1925-06-25 Robert Venturi, Phila, architect (Levittown NY, Las Vegas)
  • 1935-08-15 Abby Dalton, actress (Joey Bishop Show), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1937-07-18 Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas) (d. 2005)
  • 1941-09-02 Tommy Aycock, Edinburg TX, PGA golfer (1994 Las Vegas Senior-5th)
  • 1944-10-03 Roy Horn, German-American Las Vegas entertainer (Siegfried & Roy)
  • 1957-02-03 Michele Greene, actress (Abby Perkins-LA Law), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1962-08-14 Jerry Foltz, Nike golfer (1991 Pensacola Open-2nd), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1964-07-04 Mark Allen Slaughter, Las Vegas, guitarist (Slaughter-Stick it Live)
  • 1965-07-10 Scott Michael McCarron, PGA golfer (1995 Las Vegas-3rd), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1965-10-06 Jim Sharp, US rodeo rider (Las Vegas 1988)
  • 1966-01-17 Trish Johnson, Bristol England, LPGA golfer (1993 Las Vegas)
  • 1966-03-27 Kate Donahoo, US judoka (Olympic-92), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1968-07-21 Robert Anthony Gamez, PGA golfer (1990 Nestle), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1969-01-20 Tia Marie Zorne, Miss Nevada-America (1991), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1969-07-10 Marty Cordova, outfielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1969-07-31 Loren Dean, actor (Billy Bathgate, Say Anything), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1969-12-02 Paul Francis Stankowski, Oxnard CA, PGA golfer (1994 Las Vegas-5th)

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1970-04-29 Andre Agassi, tennis star (Oly-gold-96, US Open 1994), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 1970-05-12 James Michael Furyk, West Chester PA, PGA golfer (1994 Las Vegas-5th)
  • 1972-07-08 Brandon Rock, 800m runner, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1976-01-08 Jenny Lewis, actress (Becky-Life With Lucy), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1931-12-03 Silent film actress Clara Bow (26) weds actor and politician Rex Bell (28) in Las Vegas

Silent Screen Actress Clara Bow
Silent Screen Actress
Clara Bow
  • 1945-06-13 "Three Smart Girls" actress Deanna Durbin (23) weds film writer, producer and actor Felix Jackson at The Little Church Of The West in Las Vegas
  • 1953-09-24 Singer Dick Haymes (35) weds Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth (34) at The Sands hotel-casino in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1954-05-28 "The Bad and the Beautiful" actor Kirk Douglas (37) weds producer Ann Buydens (24) at Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1956-12-28 Singer Patti Page (29) weds choreographer Charles O'Curran in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page
  • 1957-12-29 "Steve and Eydie" singer duo Steve Lawrence (22) weds Eydie Gorme (29) at the home of Beldon Katleman in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1958-01-29 Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman (33) weds "The Three Faces of Eve" actress Joanne Woodward (27) at the El Rancho hotel-casino in Las Vegas

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman

HeartWedding of Interest

1958-08-09 Actor Robert Redford (21) weds Lola Van Wagenen in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

1963-01-12 Country singer Willie Nelson (29) weds singer Shirley Collie (31) in Las Vegas

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson

HeartWedding of Interest

1963-06-14 "The Golden Girls" actress Betty White (41) weds "Password" game show host Allen Ludden (45) at the Sands Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White

HeartWedding of Interest

1965-08-14 Former fashion model and fitness guru Jane Fonda (27) weds director/producer Roger Vadim (37) in Las Vegas

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
  • 1966-07-14 Sex symbol of the 1960s Brigitte Bardot (31) weds German millionaire playboy Gunter Sachs (33) in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1966-07-19 50 year old Frank Sinatra marries 21 year old Mia Farrow in Las Vegas

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer/Actor
Frank Sinatra

HeartWedding of Interest

1966-08-07 Latin music king Xavier Cugat (60) weds singer Charo (20) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Actress Charo
Actress
Charo

HeartWedding of Interest

1967-05-01 King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley (32) weds actress Priscilla Beaulieu (21) at Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

HeartWedding of Interest

1973-01-08 Actor Michael Caine (40) weds model Shakira Baksh (25) at Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

1974-07-04 Singer Barry White (29) weds R&B singer Glodean James at a private ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White

HeartWedding of Interest

1975-07-20 "The Exorcist" writer William Peter Blatty (47) weds tennis player Linda Tuero (24) in Las Vegas

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty

HeartWedding of Interest

1981-01-25 Actor Bill Murray (30) weds Margaret Kelly on Super Bowl Sunday in Las Vegas

Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Actor/Comedian
Bill Murray

HeartWedding of Interest

1982-10-17 Actor Robert Goulet (48) weds artist/writer Vera Novak in Las Vegas, Nevada

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • 1984-01-28 Mr Glynn Wolfe marries for non-bigamous record 26th time, Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1984-12-14 Singer and actress Bette Midler (39) weds Martin Von Hasselberg at Starlight Chapel in Las Vegas

Actress/Singer Bette Midler
Actress/Singer
Bette Midler
  • 1986-06-21 The Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof (34) weds broadcaster and writer Paula Yates (27) in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1987-11-21 Actress Demi Moore weds actor Bruce Willis at The Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Actress Demi Moore
Actress
Demi Moore
Actor Bruce Willis
Actor
Bruce Willis

HeartWedding of Interest

1988-02-21 Actor Dudley Moore (53) weds actress Brogan Lane at the Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore
  • 1988-11-01 US Actors Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis marry in Las Vegas
  • 1989-01-21 "Falcon Crest" actor Lorenzo Lamas (31) weds actress Kathleen Kinmont (23) at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
  • 1989-04-29 Rock band Bon Jovi lead singer Jon Bon Jovi (27) weds Dorothea Hurley (26) at Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1989-09-02 NBA basketball star Michael Jordan (26) weds Juanita Vanoy (30) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

HeartWedding of Interest

1989-10-14 Novelist Sidney Sheldon (72) weds Alexandra Sheldon in Las Vegas, Nevada

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Novelist
Sidney Sheldon

HeartWedding of Interest

1989-12-15 Actor and director George Clooney (28) weds actress Talia Balsam (30) in Las Vegas

  • 1991-07-08 "Sanford and Son" actor-comedian Redd Foxx (68) weds Ka Ho Cho at The Little Church of the West in Las Vegas
  • 1991-10-27 "Thompson Twins" singer Tom Bailey weds Alannah Currie at Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1991-12-12 Actor Richard Gere (42) weds supermodel Cindy Crawford (25) in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1992-04-04 Comedian Sam Kinison (38) weds Malika Souiri at the Candlelight Chapel in Las Vegas

Comedian Sam Kinison
Comedian
Sam Kinison

HeartWedding of Interest

1992-08-16 Comedian Janeane Garofalo (27) weds writer Robert Cohen in Las Vegas

Stand-Up Comedian Janeane Garofalo
Stand-Up Comedian
Janeane Garofalo

HeartWedding of Interest

1993-12-26 Comedian Rodney Dangerfield (72) weds Joan Child (41) at Silver Bells Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas

Comedian and Actor Rodney Dangerfield
Comedian and Actor
Rodney Dangerfield
  • 1994-10-29 Impressionist Rich Little (55) weds comedian Jeannette Markey (28) at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-03-31 Actor and director Clint Eastwood (65) weds news anchor Dina Ruiz (30) in Las Vegas

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • 1996-05-01 Actress and talk show host Kelly Ripa (26) weds film actor Mark Consuelos (25) in Las Vegas
  • 1997-01-04 "Smothers Brothers" actor-singer Dick Smothers (58) weds Denby Franklin (47) in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-06-05 Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher (30) weds Meg Mathews at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas

Musician Noel Gallagher
Musician
Noel Gallagher
  • 1997-07-28 Two-time Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton (38) weds documentary director Timothy Delarm (35) in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-09-27 Grammy Award winning singer-rapper Coolio (34) weds Los Angeles DJ Josefa Salinas (37) in Las Vegas

Rapper Coolio
Rapper
Coolio
  • 1998-11-06 "Some Like It Hot" actor Tony Curtis (73) weds horse trainer Jill Vanden Berg at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

1998-11-14 Chicago Bulls NBA player Dennis Rodman (37) weds "Baywatch" actress Carmen Electra (26) at Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, Nevada

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman
Actress Carmen Electra
Actress
Carmen Electra

HeartWedding of Interest

1999-11-19 Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel (61) weds Krystal Kennedy at Caesars Palace hotel in Las Vegas

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel

HeartWedding of Interest

2000-05-05 Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie (24) weds actor Billy Bob Thornton (44) at The Little Church of The West Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • 2000-05-09 Puerto Rican actress and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres (25) weds singer-songwriter Marc Anthony (31) in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

2000-06-24 "Dixie Chicks" lead vocalist Natalie Maines (25) weds "Profit" actor Adrian Pasdar (35) at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer-songwriter Natalie Maines
Singer-songwriter
Natalie Maines
  • 2000-08-23 "7th Heaven" actor Ed Begley Jr. (51) weds actress Rachelle Carson (40) in Las Vegas
  • 2000-09-13 Wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (35) weds WWE Diva Debra Marshall (40) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas
  • 2001-05-06 Actress-singer Billie Piper (18) weds media mogul Chris Evans (35) at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-10-22 Tennis champion Andre Agassi (31) weds fellow tennis champion Steffi Graf (32) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 2001-12-31 Glamour model and actress Coco Austin (33) weds rapper-actor Ice-T (54) in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

2002-04-20 MLB player Mark McGwire (38) weds Stephanie Slemer (26) in Las Vegas, Nevada

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 2002-08-10 "Baywatch" actress Angelica Bridges (28) weds Canadian hockey player Sheldon Souray (26) at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2002-09-01 "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" actress Terry Farrell (38) weds actor Brian Baker (35) at Paris Las Vegas in in Paradise, Nevada
  • 2002-11-09 Eighties pop princess Sheena Easton (43) weds Beverly Hills plastic surgeon John Minoli (44) at Las Vegas City Hall
  • 2003-07-19 "King of Queens" actress Leah Remini (33) weds actor/salsa musician Angelo Pagan (45) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

2004-01-03 Singer Britney Spears (22) weds childhood pal Jason Allen Alexander in Las Vegas, Nevada

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • 2004-01-24 "Married ... With Children" actor David Faustino (33) weds actress Andrea Elmer (31) at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2004-03-03 University of Miami star defensive tackle & probable NFL draft pick Vince Wilfork (22) weds Bianca Farinas at Little White Chapel in Las Vegas
  • 2004-08-15 Fashion designer and socialite Nicky Hilton (21) weds businessman Todd Andrew Meister (33) at The Vegas Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2004-10-16 Actor Marlon Brando's son Christian Brando (46) weds Deborah Presley at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
  • 2004-11-23 "Penn and Teller" magician Penn Jillette (49) weds TV producer Emily Zolten at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2005-01-09 "Motley Crue" lead singer Vince Neil (43) weds Lia Gerardini at the Four Seasons hotel in Las Vegas
  • 2005-06-22 "21 Jump Street" actress Holly Robinson Peete (40) weds former pro quarterback Rodney Peete (39) in an outdoor ceremony held at the Wynn Las Vegas resort
  • 2005-06-27 "The Young and The Restless" actress Melody Thomas Scott (49) weds supervising producer of the CBS daytime drama Edward J. Scott (60) for the second time in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2006-04-22 "Entourage" actor Kevin Dillon (40) weds model-actress Jane Stuart (28) in Las Vegas
  • 2006-07-17 "Wheel of Fortune" Original host Chuck Woolery (65) weds Kim Barnes at The Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas
  • 2006-08-26 "Days of our Lives" actor Billy Warlock (45) weds actress Julie Pinson in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2006-12-29 Comedian Jay Mohr (36) weds "Las Vegas" actress Nikki Cox (28) at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California
  • 2007-06-06 Spice Girl singer Melanie Brown (32) weds producer Stephen Belafonte in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2007-07-14 Former "Full House" actress Jodie Sweetin (25) weds set designer Cody Herpin (30) at Little Church of the West in Las Vegas
  • 2007-10-06 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (40) weds Rick Salomon (39) at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas
  • 2009-02-06 "The L Word" actress Sarah Shahi (29) weds actor Steve Howey (31) in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-06-09 Boxing legend Mike Tyson (43) weds Lakiha Spicer (32) at La Bella Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-08-01 Actress-comedian Mary Lynn Rajskub (38) weds personal trainer Matthew Rolph in an impromptu wedding in Las Vegas

  • 2009-09-04 Singer and actress Christina Milian (27) weds singer-songwriter The-Dream (31) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2010-02-02 Former glamour model Katie Price (32) weds MMA fighter and former "Hollyoaks" actor Alex Reid (34) at the chapel in the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas
  • 2010-07-11 Former "Las Vegas" actress Vanessa Marcil (42) weds "CSI: NY" actor Corey Feldman (39) in New York City
  • 2011-05-20 Actor Doug Hutchison (51) weds country singer Courtney Stodden (16) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2011-09-30 Paramore bassist Jeremy Davis (26) weds TV host and actress Kathryn Camsey in Las Vegas
  • 2011-10-09 TV personality Layla Kayleigh (22) weds Radio Talk Show Host/DJ Steve Covino (36) in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

2011-12-09 "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer Sinead O'Connor (45) weds Irish therapist Barry Herridge (38) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor
  • 2012-11-02 BMX icon TJ Lavin weds longtime fiancee Roxanne Siordia (32) in Las Vegas
  • 2013-08-10 Rapper Kevin Federline (35) weds Victoria Price at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2013-11-02 "Smash" actress Megan Hilty (32) weds Brian Gallagher at a chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2004-01-04 Britney Spears has her surprise marriage annulled less than 55 hours after tying the knot with childhood friend Jason Alexander at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

Famous Deaths

  • 1962-09-02 William Wilkerson, Founder of the Hollywood Reporter, The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas and nightclubs such as Ciro's (b. 1890)
  • 1992-03-19 Cesare Danova, actor (Tentacles, Viva Las Vegas), dies at 66
  • 1996-02-11 Phil Regan, actor (Las Vegas Night, Dames, Housewife), dies at 88
  • 1998-09-17 Ted Binion, Las Vegas casino heir (b. 1943)
  • 2002-06-27 John Entwistle, bass-player with The Who dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57
  • 2009-05-01 Danny Gans, Canadian-born Las Vegas entertainer (b. 1956)