Nevada in History

Nevada: Las Vegas - Reno, NV

Historical Events

  • 1846-10-28 Pioneers suffer blizzard in Sierra Nevada; 42 die
  • 1848-05-30 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo between US and Mexico comes into force, giving New Mexico, California and parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Colorado to the US in return for $15 million
  • 1859-06-12 Comstock Silver Lode in Nevada discovered, first major silver discovery in the US
  • 1861-02-02 The "Organized Incorporated Territory of Nevada" is created, lasting until October 31st, 1864
  • 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

Boxing Title Fight

1897-03-17 British boxer Bob Fitzsimmons KOs American champion 'Gentleman' Jim Corbett in the 14th round to win World Heavyweight title in Carson City, Nevada

  • 1905-05-15 Las Vegas founded in Nevada
  • 1905-07-03 American boxer Marvin Hart scores a 12th round KO of Jack Root in Reno, Nevada for the vacant world heavyweight title
  • 1907-01-01 Joe Gans lands a devastating right to the head of Canadian challenger Kid Herman to retain his world lightweight boxing title with an 8th round knockout in Tonopah, Nevada
  • 1907-03-19 18.8 cm precipitation at Lewer's Ranch, Nevada (state record)

Boxing Title Fight

1910-07-04 "Fight of the Century": Jack Johnson beats James J. Jeffries by TKO in 15 in Reno, Nevada to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

  • 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

Historic Event

1935-09-30 The Boulder Dam (later the Hoover Dam), astride the border of Arizona and Nevada, is dedicated by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • 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)
  • 1951-11-01 US performs 1st atomic explosion witnessed by troops, Nevada Test Site, New Mexico
  • 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 at 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 aged at least 4,862 years old, is accidentally cut down in Nevada, USA
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 1980-08-26 John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada
  • 1982-11-13 WBA lightweight champion Ray Mancini beats South Korean challenger Duk Koo Kim by TKO in 14th round in Las Vegas; Kim collapses, falls into a coma and dies 4 days later; as a result, WBC shortens title bouts to 12 rounds; WBA & WBO follow in 1988, and IBF in 1989
  • 1982-11-18 South Korean boxer Duk Koo Kim dies from injuries sustained during a 14-round beating by Ray Mancini in Las Vegas; WBC shortens title bouts to 12 rounds; WBA and WBO follow in 1988, and IBF in 1989
  • 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
  • 1984-01-14 Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini scores a 3rd-round TKO of Bobby Chacon to retain his WBA lightweight title in Reno, Nevada; Chacon so severely battered he thanks referee Richard Steele for stopping the fight
  • 1985-01-02 Nevada Las Vegas basketball gives coach Jerry Tarkanian his 600th career victory with a 142-140 win over Utah State in triple overtime; total of 282 points breaks NCAA men's record of 275 set in 1976
  • 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; record largest margin of victory in a championship game; Runnin' Rebels' first title
  • 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 point 3rd quarter deficit to rally and 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

Boxing Title Fight

1997-07-01 Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Mike Tyson indefinitely & withholds $20m purse for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during their heavyweight title fight 28 June

  • 1998-02-18 Two white separatists are arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a biological attack on New York City subways.
  • 2000-11-25 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Las Vegas, Nevada: Lindsay Davenport beats Conchita Martínez of Spain 6-1, 6-2 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 5-0) and record extending 17th title
  • 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

Election of Interest

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

Election of Interest

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

  • 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

Sports History

2017-10-01 Former NFL star O.J. Simpson is released from Nevada's Lovelock Prison after less than 9 years of detention of his 33 year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping

Sports History

2018-09-28 Cristiano Ronaldo accused of rape in 2009 in US lawsuit filed in Nevada

  • 2018-12-18 Nevada becomes the first US state with a female-majority legislature with new appointments taking it to 51%
  • 2019-07-06 Jorge Masvidal (34-13) sets a UFC record by needing just 5 seconds to KO Ben Askren (19-1, 1 NC) during their welterweight bout at UFC 239 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Famous Birthdays

  • 1864-04-10 Tully Marshall, American actor (Let's Go, Red Dust), born in Nevada City, California (d. 1943)
  • 1874-09-13 Henry F. Ashurst, American Democratic politician (U.S. Senator from Arizona), born in Winnemucca, Nevada (d. 1962)
  • 1879-11-02 Marion Jones, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1899, 1902), born in Gold Hill, Nevada (d. 1965)
  • 1886-09-22 Hobart Cavanaugh, American actor (Border Town, Black Angel), born in Virginia City, Nevada (d. 1950)
  • 1888-03-29 James E. Casey, American businessman and founder (United Parcel Service), born in Candelaria, Nevada (d. 1983)
  • 1890-01-07 Maurice McLoughlin, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1912-13), born in Carson City, Nevada (d. 1957)
  • 1895-10-21 Edna Purviance, American silent film actress, worked with Charlie Chaplin (The Kid), born in Paradise Valley, Nevada (d. 1958)
  • 1901-12-05 Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist and psychologist, born in Aurum, Nevada (d. 1980)
  • 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, American director and writer (African Queen, Chinatown), born in Nevada, Missouri (d. 1987)
  • 1909-11-20 Alan Bible, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Nev, 1954-74), born in Lovelock, Nevada (d. 1988)
  • 1911-05-26 Ben Alexander, American actor (Dragnet, All Quiet on the Western Front), born in Goldfield, Nevada (d. 1969)
  • 1912-03-16 (Thelma Catherine) "Pat" Nixon [née Ryan], American First Lady (1969-74), born in Ely, Nevada (d. 1993)
  • 1917-04-09 Brad Dexter [Boris Milanovich], American actor (Macao, The Magnificent Seven), born in Goldfield, Nevada (d. 2002)

Jack KramerJack Kramer (1921-2009)

1921-08-01 American tennis player (Wimbledon 1947, US Open 1946, 47), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • 1922-02-10 Neva Patterson, American actress (The Seven Year Itch, Taxi, Nichols), born near Nevada, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • 1922-08-02 Paul Laxalt, American politician (22nd Governor of Nevada), born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1923-11-28 Helen Delich Bentley, American politician (Rep-R-MD, 1985-95), born in Ruth, Nevada (d. 2016)
  • 1924-06-08 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1925-07-19 Sue Thompson [Eva Sue McKee], American pop and country music singer ("Sad Movies (Make Me Cry")), born in Nevada, Missouri (d. 2021)
  • 1935-08-15 Abby Dalton, American 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, American attorney and politician (25th Governor of Nevada), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1938-05-19 James Bilbray, American lawyer and politician (Rep-D-Nevada 1987-95), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1939-03-11 Lorraine Hunt, American businesswoman, and former Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, born in Niagara Falls, New York

Harry ReidHarry Reid (1939-2021)

1939-12-02 American attorney and politician (U.S. Senator from Nevada, 1987-2017; U.S. House of Representatives, 1983-87), born in Searchlight, Nevada [1]

  • 1945-03-24 Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (LA Confidential, 8 Mile), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2016)
  • 1951-05-25 Chuck Ruff, American rock drummer (Edgar Winter Group - "Frankenstein"), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2011)
  • 1957-02-03 Michele Greene, American actress (Abby Perkins-LA Law), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1960-08-02 David Yow, American musician (Scratch Acid; The Jesus Lizard), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1962-08-14 Jerry Foltz, American golfer and commentator (Golf Channel), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1964-01-27 Inga Thompson, US cyclist (Olympic-8th-88, 84, 92), born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1964-07-04 Mark Allen Slaughter, American guitarist (Slaughter-Stick it Live), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1965-05-31 Annette Renee Peters [nee Hand], American 1500/3000 runner, born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1966-03-27 Kate Donahoo, US judoka (Olympic-92), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1967-03-28 Shawn Boskie, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Hawthorne, Nevada
  • 1968-10-12 Charles Anthony, American CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts), 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 1996)

Andre AgassiAndre Agassi (52 years old)

1970-04-29 American tennis player (Olympic gold 1996, 8 Grand Slam titles), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • 1970-07-23 Charisma Carpenter, American actress (Angel), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1970-12-12 Mädchen Amick, American actress (Shelly Johnson-Twin Peaks), born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1971-12-03 Vernon White, American mixed martial arts fighter (King of the Cage Middleweight Champion; UFC), born in Sparks, Nevada
  • 1972-01-31 Marvin Coleman, American basketball player (Calgary Stampeders), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1972-07-08 Brandon Rock, American 800m runner, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1973-03-29 John Oppio, American double trap (Olympics 1996), born in Sparks, Nevada
  • 1973-12-23 Tony Graziani, American football quarterback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1974-05-25 Frank Klepacki, American video game composer (Command & Conquer: Red Alert), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1975-01-19 Noah Georgeson, American musician & producer, born in Nevada City, California
  • 1976-01-08 Jenny Lewis, American actress (Becky-Life With Lucy), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1976-02-15 Ronnie Vannucci Jr., American drummer (The Killers), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1978-11-06 Scott Piercy, American golfer (US Open 2016 runner-up), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1979-05-24 Frank Mir, American UFC fighter and professional wrestler, 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, gymnast (World-bronze-95), born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1982-01-18 Joanna Newsom, American harpist, born in Nevada City, California
  • 1982-01-31 Brad Thompson, American baseball pitcher, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1985-02-13 David Padgett, US basketball player, born in Reno, Nevada

Kyle BuschKyle Busch (37 years old)

1985-05-02 American Auto Racer, (NASCAR Cup Series Champion 2015), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • 1987-12-28 Thomas Dekker, American actor, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1988-01-14 Mikalah Gordon, American pop singer, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1992-10-16 Bryce Harper, American baseball player (Washington Nationals), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

Famous Weddings

Jackie Coogan

1941-08-10 American actor Jackie Coogan (26) weds American actress Flower Parry in Gardnerville, Nevada; divorce in 1943

Janet Leigh

1942-08-01 Future American actress Janet Leigh (15) weds childhood sweetheart John Kenneth Carlisle (18) in Reno, Nevada; annulled in December

Cesar Chavez

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

Patti Page

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

Robert Redford

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

Francis Ford Coppola

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

Betty White

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

Elvis Presley

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

Michael Caine

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

Barry White

1974-07-04 American soul singer Barry White (29) weds R&B singer Glodean James (28) at a private ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada; Separate in 1988, but never divorce

Robert Goulet

1982-10-17 American singer and actor Robert Goulet (48) weds his Macedonian business partner and manager, artist, and writer Vera Novak in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tom Selleck

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

Sidney Sheldon

1989-10-14 American novelist Sidney Sheldon (72) weds former American child actress Alexandra Kostoff in Las Vegas, Nevada

Roseanne Barr

1995-02-14 Actress-comedienne Roseanne Barr (42) weds bodyguard Ben Thomas (28) at Caesars Tahoe, Nevada; divorce 2002

Tony Curtis

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

Wedding 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

Angelina Jolie

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

Natalie Maines

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

Wedding of Interest

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

  • 2001-12-31 American Glamour model and actress Coco Austin (33) weds American rapper-actor Ice-T (54) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Mark McGwire

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

  • 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 Paradise, Nevada

Britney Spears

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

  • 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

Penn Jillette

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

Melanie Brown

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

Mike Tyson

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

  • 2009-09-04 Singer and actress Christina Milian (27) weds singer-songwriter The-Dream (31) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada, divorce in 2007
  • 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 Prince (30) 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, Chinese-American gangster (1st person in US to be executed by lethal gas in Nevada), executed at 29
  • 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
  • 2002-01-22 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), dies at 77