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5 Fun Facts About August 18 In Nevada History

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1. In 1924, the state of Nevada approved a new constitution, which made significant changes to the state's government structure. The new constitution established a unicameral legislature and gave the governor more power.

2. On August 18, 1959, the Hoover Dam was officially designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. The dam, which was completed in 1936, is one of the largest dams in the world and is a major source of hydroelectric power for the western United States.

3. In 1960, the first ever Vegas showgirl parade was held on the Las Vegas Strip. The parade featured more than 50 showgirls from various casinos and was seen by thousands of tourists and locals.

4. On August 18, 1995, a massive fire broke out at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, killing 85 people and injuring over 700 others. The fire started in the hotel's deli, and quickly spread throughout the building due to a lack of smoke detectors and sprinkler systems.

5. In 2008, the Burning Man festival began its annual week-long celebration in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. The festival, which began in 1986, attracts tens of thousands of people from all over the world to participate in art installations, music, and other activities.
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