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5 Fun Facts About April 5 In Nevada History

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1. In 1905, Las Vegas was officially founded as a city. It began as a small railroad town, but its growth exploded with the construction of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s.

2. On April 5, 1934, the Nevada State Journal reported that a colorful character named "Wild" Bill Keyes was captured by law enforcement after a six-day manhunt in the mountains. Keyes was known for being a notorious horse thief and had evaded arrest multiple times before.

3. In 1979, the Nevada State Senate passed Assembly Bill 396, which allowed for the creation of a state lottery. The first drawing was held on April 29 of that year, and the proceeds have been used to fund education and other important state programs.

4. On April 5, 1992, the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was struck by a devastating fire that killed 85 people and injured over 700. It remains one of the deadliest hotel fires in US history.

5. In 2002, a 5.5 magnitude earthquake shook the town of Fallon in western Nevada. Although no major damage or injuries were reported, it was a reminder that the state is located on a major seismic fault zone and is at risk for earthquakes.
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