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5 Fun Facts About July 22 In Nevada History

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1. On July 22, 1865, the first stagecoach route from California to Virginia City began operating. This allowed for faster transportation of people and goods, contributing to the growth of the mining industry in Nevada.

2. The iconic Nevada rancher and cattleman, Wilbur D. May, was born on July 22, 1898. May was a philanthropist and businessman who dedicated much of his life to promoting Reno and Nevada's history and culture.

3. On July 22, 1927, the last lynching in Nevada occurred in Reno. While racial tensions were high in the area, the victim was not African American but rather an Italian immigrant named Charles R. Valenti.

4. July 22, 1957, was the date that the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas was established. The museum remains one of the preeminent institutions dedicated to preserving the history of the atomic age and its impact on Nevada and the world.

5. In 2011, on July 22, the Reno Air Races experienced a tragic accident when a P-51 Mustang crashed into the stands, killing 10 people and injuring over 70. The incident led to increased safety regulations at airshows and a renewed focus on spectator safety.
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