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5 Fun Facts About April 14 In Nevada History

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1. In 1865, Virginia City, Nevada's largest city during the state's early years, was hit by a fire that caused over $10 million in damage. Nearly all of the city's buildings were destroyed, including the International Hotel, which was one of the most lavish in the West at the time.

2. On April 14, 1914, the Nevada State Legislature approved the design for the state's official flag. The flag features a blue background with a silver star and a wreath of sagebrush, Nevada's state flower.

3. In 1951, the Post Office Department issued a commemorative stamp honoring Nevada's centennial, which was celebrated in 1964. The stamp featured an image of the state capitol building in Carson City, as well as images of Nevada's desert and mineral resources.

4. On April 14, 1976, Las Vegas-based businessman Howard Hughes died in Houston, Texas. Hughes was a pioneering aviator, entrepreneur, and film producer, as well as one of the wealthiest men of his time.

5. In 2014, Nevada became the third state in the United States to pass a law allowing the use of autonomous vehicles on public roads. The law permits testing and operation of self-driving vehicles under certain conditions, and is seen as a major step forward in the development of autonomous vehicle technology.
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