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5 Fun Facts About April 18 In Nevada History

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1. In 1859, the Comstock Lode was discovered in Virginia City, Nevada. This led to a silver rush that transformed the state's economy and helped it achieve statehood in 1864. Today, the Comstock Lode is a National Historic Landmark and a popular tourist attraction.

2. In 1934, the Boulder Dam (now known as the Hoover Dam) was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The dam, which spans the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada, provides hydroelectric power to both states and helped stimulate economic development in the region.

3. In 1983, Nevada governor Richard Bryan signed a law that created Lake Tahoe as a unique bi-state natural resource. The law established the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, which works to protect the lake's water quality and surrounding ecosystems while balancing development pressures.

4. In 1995, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed by domestic terrorists. Among the 168 people killed in the attack was Lake Tahoe resident Carole Khalil, who was visiting the building on business. The bombing sparked new federal laws to combat domestic terrorism.

5. In 2014, the BLM standoff occurred in Cliven Bundy's ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada. The dispute began over Bundy's refusal to pay grazing fees for his use of public lands, and escalated into an armed standoff between Bundy supporters and federal law enforcement agents. The standoff lasted several weeks and brought national attention to the ongoing conflicts over public land management in the American West.
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