Nevada in History

Nevada: Las Vegas - Reno, NV

Historical Events

  • 1846-10-28 Pioneers suffer blizzard in Sierra Nevada; 42 die
  • 1848-05-30 Mexico ratifies treaty giving US; New Mexico, California & parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million
  • 1859-06-11 Comstock silver load discovered near Virginia City, Nevada
  • 1859-06-12 Comstock Silver Lode in Nevada discovered
  • 1861-02-28 Territories of Nevada & Colorado created
  • 1861-03-02 US creates Dakota & Nevada Territories out of the Nebraska & Utah territories
  • 1863-03-03 Congress authorizes a US mint at Carson City, Nevada
  • 1864-10-31 Nevada admitted as 36th state of the Union
  • 1868-05-09 The city of Reno, Nevada, is founded
  • 1869-07-01 US mint at Carson City, Nevada opens
  • 1870-01-08 US mint at Carson City, Nevada begins issuing coins
  • 1885-11-06 US mint at Carson City, Nevada, directed to close
  • 1886-10-01 US mint at Carson City, Nevada, closes
  • 1889-07-01 US mint at Carson City, Nevada reopens
  • 1905-05-15 Las Vegas founded in Nevada
  • 1907-03-19 18.8 cm precipitation at Lewer's Ranch, Nevada (state record)
  • 1915-02-23 Nevada enforces convenient divorce law
  • 1915-10-03 7.8 earthquake shakes Pleasant Valley, Nevada
  • 1923-03-05 Montana & Nevada become 1st states to enact old age pension laws
  • 1931-03-19 Nevada legalizes gambling
  • 1933-03-10 Nevada becomes 1st US state to regulate narcotics

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1935-09-30 The Hoover Dam, astride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, is dedicated by FDR

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 1937-01-08 -50°F (-45.6°C), San Jacinto, Nevada (state record)
  • 1942-12-21 US Supreme court declares Nevada separation legal
  • 1951-01-27 US begins 126 nuclear tests at Nevada Test Site
  • 1951-06-01 1st self-contained titanium plant opens (Henderson Nevada)
  • 1951-11-29 1st underground atomic explosion at Frenchman Flat in Nevada
  • 1952-01-14 Snowstorm in Sierra Nevada kills 26
  • 1952-04-22 1st atomic explosion on network news, Nob, Nevada
  • 1952-05-01 US Marines take part in an atomic explosion training in Nevada
  • 1953-05-19 Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in St George, Utah)
  • 1953-05-25 1st atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada
  • 1953-12-25 KNEV (95.5 The Vibe) radio broadcaster in Reno, Nevada begins broadcasting
  • 1954-06-23 122°F (50°C), Overton, Nevada (state record until June 29, 1994)
  • 1955-01-23 KORK (now KVBC) TV channel 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1957-07-19 1st rocket with nuclear warhead fired, Yucca Flat, Nevada
  • 1957-09-19 1st underground nuclear explosion at Las Vegas Nevada
  • 1962-03-01 US and British nuclear test experiment in Nevada
  • 1963-10-26 US performs underground nuclear test at Fallon, Nevada
  • 1964-08-06 Prometheus, the world's oldest tree, is cut down in Nevada US
  • 1965-01-12 At 10:58 am PST burn up a nuclear rocket in Nevada
  • 1973-11-08 Nevada approves pari-mutuel betting on Jai Alai

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1978-06-08 Nevada jury rules Howard Hughes "Mormon Will" is a forgery

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes
  • 1980-08-26 John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada.
  • 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.
  • 1983-10-04 Richard Noble driving Thrust2 reaches new land speed record of 650.88 mph (1,047.49 km/h) at Black Rock Desert, Nevada
  • 1985-01-02 Nevada-Las Vegas beats Utah 142-140, highest college basketball score
  • 1987-08-01 Crossbow flight record (2,005 yds 1'9") set by Harry Drake in Nevada
  • 1990-04-02 52nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Nevada-LV beats Duke 103-73
  • 1990-09-10 Hard Rock Cafe opens in Las Vegas Nevada
  • 1991-11-02 Nevada makes biggest comeback in NCAA football history, overcoming a 35-pt deficit in the 3rd quarter & rallying to beat Weber State 55-49
  • 1992-11-09 Howard Stern's radio show begins broadcast in Las Vegas Nevada (KFBI)
  • 1994-06-26 122°F (50°C) at Laughlin, Nevada

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1997-07-01 Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Mike Tyson for biting Holyfield

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1998-02-18 Two white separatists are arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a biological attack on New York City subways.
  • 2015-10-13 Basketball player Lamar Odom is hospitalised after being found unconscious in a brothel in Nevada
  • 2015-10-13 First Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast by CNN and held in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2015-12-15 Fifth Republican presidential candidates debate in Las Vegas, Nevada

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2016-02-20 US primary elections: Nevada Democratic Primary - Hillary Clinton wins with 52.6%

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton

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2016-02-23 US primary elections: Nevada Republican Primary - Donald Trump wins with 45.9.5%

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2016-10-19 Third US Presidential debate: Donald Trump notably refuses to say if he will accept the result of election during debate with Hillary Clinton at Nevada University, Las Vegas

Famous Birthdays

  • 1864-04-10 Tully Marshall, Nevada City CA
  • 1895-10-21 Edna Purviance, American silent film actress, worked with Charlie Chaplin (The Kid), born in Paradise Valley, Nevada (d. 1958)
  • 1903-10-16 Rex Bell [George Francis Beldam], American cowboy actor (Cowboys & Injuns) and 21st Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1962)
  • 1906-08-05 John Huston, Nevada Mo, director/writer (African Queen, Chinatown)
  • 1911-05-26 Ben Alexander, Goldfield, Nevada, American actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad)
  • 1912-03-16 Patricia Nixon, [Thelma Catherine], Ely Nevada, 1st lady (1968-74)
  • 1921-08-01 Jack Kramer, American tennis star (Wimbledon 1947, US Open-1946), born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d.2009)
  • 1923-11-28 Helen Delich Bentley, American politician (Rep-R-MD, 1985-95 ), born in Ruth, Nevada (d. 2016)
  • 1925-07-19 Sue Thompson, [Eva Sue Mckee], pop and country music singer ("Sad Movies (Make Me Cry"), born in Nevada, Missouri
  • 1935-08-15 Abby Dalton, actress (Joey Bishop Show), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1936-08-24 Kenny Guinn, American businessman and politician, born in Garland, Arkansas (d. 2010)
  • 1937-07-16 Richard Bryan, (Sen-D Nevada)
  • 1938-05-19 James H Bilbray, (Rep-D-Nevada)
  • 1939-03-11 Lorraine Hunt, former Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
  • 1945-03-24 Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (LA Confidential, 8 Mile), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2016)
  • 1957-02-03 Michele Greene, actress (Abby Perkins-LA Law), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1962-08-14 Jerry Foltz, American professional golfer and commentator, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1964-01-27 Inga Thompson, Reno Nevada, US cyclist (Olympic-8th-88, 84, 92)
  • 1965-05-31 Annette Renee Peters, [nee Hand], Reno Nevada, 1500/3000 runner
  • 1966-03-27 Kate Donahoo, US judoka (Olympic-92), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1967-03-28 Shawn Boskie, Hawthorne Nevada, pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1968-07-21 Robert Anthony Gamez, PGA golfer (1990 Nestle), 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
  • 1970-03-03 Scott Keswick, Nevada, gymnast (Coca-Cola-1st-94, Olympics-96)

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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
  • 1970-07-23 Charisma Carpenter, American actress (Angel), born in Las Vegas,Nevada
  • 1971-01-22 Jennifer Christine Joseph, Wendover Nev, Miss America-Nevada (1996)
  • 1972-05-12 Annette Albertson, Reno Nevada, Miss America-Nevada (1997)
  • 1972-07-08 Brandon Rock, 800m runner, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1973-03-23 Ninya Perna, Miss USA-Nevada (1997)
  • 1973-03-29 John Oppio, Sparks Nevada, double trap (Olympics-1996)
  • 1976-01-08 Jenny Lewis, actress (Becky-Life With Lucy), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1980-03-24 Luke Edwards, Nevada City Ca, actor (Newsie)
  • 1980-07-10 Thomas Ian Nicholas, actor (American Pie, Rookie of the Year), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1981-07-11 Mary Beth Arnold, Reno Nevada, gymnast (World-bronze-95)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1941-08-10 Actor Jackie Coogan (26) weds actress Flower Parry in Gardnerville, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

1942-08-01 Actress Janet Leigh (14) weds childhood sweetheart John Kenneth Carlisle (18) in Reno, Nevada

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh

HeartWedding of Interest

1948-10-22 Farm labor leader Cesar Chavez (21) weds labor activist Helen Fabela (20) in Reno, Nevada

Civil Rights Activist Cesar Chavez
Civil Rights Activist
Cesar Chavez

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

1963-02-02 Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (23) weds documentary filmmaker Eleanor Jessie Neil (26) in Las Vegas, Nevada

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

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

1987-08-07 "Magnum, P.I." actor Tom Selleck (42) weds actress and dancer Jillie Mack (29) in Incline Village, Nevada

  • 1989-06-03 Country singer Rebe McEntire weds her manager Narvel Blackstone at Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, Nevada

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

1995-02-14 Actress-comedienne Roseanne (42) weds bodyguard Ben Thomas (28) at Caesars Tahoe in Nevada

Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr
  • 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

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

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

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
  • 2004-08-15 Fashion designer and socialite Nicky Hilton (21) weds businessman Todd Andrew Meister (33) at The Vegas Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2004-11-23 "Penn and Teller" magician Penn Jillette (49) weds TV producer Emily Zolten at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2005-06-27 "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
  • 2006-08-26 "Days of our Lives" actor Billy Warlock (45) weds actress Julie Pinson in Las Vegas, Nevada

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2007-06-06 Spice Girl singer Melanie Brown (32) weds producer Stephen Belafonte in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • 2007-08-28 "Diff'rent Strokes" actor Gary Coleman (40) weds Shannon Price (22) at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada
  • 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
  • 2009-09-04 Singer and actress Christina Milian (27) weds singer-songwriter The-Dream (31) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2011-05-20 Actor Doug Hutchison (51) weds country singer Courtney Stodden (16) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2011-10-09 TV personality Layla Kayleigh (22) weds Radio Talk Show Host/DJ Steve Covino (36) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 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
  • 2016-10-10 Actor and director Shia LaBeouf (30) weds "Nymphomaniac" co-star Mia Goth (23) at Viva Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Famous Deaths

  • 1862-09-14 Jesse Lee Reno, Union general-major (Reno Nevada), dies at 39
  • 1924-02-08 Gee John, US mobster (1st executed in gas chamber-Nevada), dies
  • 1962-07-04 Rex Bell [George Francis Beldam], American cowboy actor (Cowboys & Injuns) and 21st Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, dies from a heart attack at 58
  • 1979-10-22 Jesse Bishop, murderer, dies in Nevada gas chamber