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5 Fun Facts About February 24 In Nevada History

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1. The Nevada State Prison Riot of 1982 broke out on February 24. The riot, which lasted for several days, resulted in the deaths of two inmates and substantial damage to the facility.

2. In 1863, February 24 marked the day that Nevada was officially admitted to the Union as the 36th state. Nevada's admission was heavily influenced by its valuable silver and gold mines, which were discovered about a decade earlier.

3. On February 24, 1861, the Territory of Colorado was established, which included part of what is now Nevada. Nevada was later separated from Colorado into its own territory in 1864.

4. In 1975, the Stardust Casino in Las Vegas was robbed of over $500,000 by a group of five men known as the Hole in the Wall Gang. The robbery took place on February 24 and involved the suspects lowering themselves through a hole in the ceiling of the casino.

5. February 24, 1989, marked the first day of construction for the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas. The tower, which was completed in 1996, stands at 1,149 feet and is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States.
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