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5 Fun Facts About August 29 In Nevada History

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1. In 1860, the Pyramid Lake War began in Nevada. The Paiute tribe launched a large-scale attack against white settlers near Pyramid Lake, resulting in the deaths of over 70 white people. The conflict lasted for several weeks, and ultimately resulted in a significant loss of life on both sides.

2. In 1911, the state of Nevada passed a law allowing for a divorce to be granted after only six months of residency. This attracted many people seeking quick and easy divorces, and the state became known as the "divorce capital of the world" for several decades.

3. In 1951, the first nuclear weapon test was conducted at the Nevada Test Site. Over the following decades, hundreds of nuclear bombs were detonated at the site, leading to controversy over the environmental and health impacts of the tests.

4. In 1994, the MGM Grand hotel and casino in Las Vegas was destroyed by a major fire, resulting in the deaths of 85 people and injuring over 700 others. The fire remains one of the deadliest hotel fires in US history.

5. In 2010, the devastating Hurricane Earl struck the coast of Nevada, causing widespread damage to homes and businesses in the region. The storm also caused flooding and power outages throughout the area.
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