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5 Fun Facts About January 24 In Nevada History

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1. In 1848, John C. Fremont led an expedition through Nevada on January 24th while he was exploring the West. He had been commissioned by Congress to map out the region and to find a trail to California. His journey through the region helped to open up the area to more settlement.

2. January 24, 1861, was the day Nevada was made a state, it became the 36th state and entered the union as a free state. It was during the American Civil War and Nevada's statehood was important to the Union because it provided another state that would oppose slavery.

3. On January 24, 1914, Las Vegas was officially founded as a city. It had previously been a small railroad town but the passage of the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol, created a demand for illegal alcohol that led to the growth of the city.

4. In 1942, on January 24th, a B-24 bomber crashed into the Ruby Mountains of Nevada. All ten crew members onboard were killed. The wreckage has become a popular hiking destination for people who enjoy exploring the backcountry of Nevada.

5. On January 24, 1989, the United States Department of Energy announced that it would stop conducting nuclear weapons tests at the Nevada Test Site. This ended over three decades of nuclear testing in the region and marked a significant turning point in the history of the United States' nuclear weapons program.
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