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5 Fun Facts About July 24 In Nevada History

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1. Nevada Territory Established: On July 24, 1861, the U.S. Congress established the Territory of Nevada, which helped the state gain statehood just six years later. Prior to statehood, Nevada was known for its mining industry and the famous Comstock Lode.

2. Atomic Testing: On July 24, 1957, the U.S. government conducted its first above-ground nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site. The test, known as Operation Plumbbob, was one of many nuclear tests conducted in Nevada during the Cold War era.

3. Howard Hughes and Las Vegas: On July 24, 1968, eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes moved into the Desert Inn hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, which he had recently purchased. Hughes spent the rest of his life living in various Las Vegas hotels and buying up other properties in the area.

4. Scenic Byways: On July 24, 1979, the state of Nevada designated the first scenic byway in the state – the 12-mile long Lake Tahoe East Shore Drive. Today, there are 10 designated scenic byways in Nevada, offering breathtaking views of the state's natural beauty.

5. Reno Air Races: On July 24, 1994, a tragic accident at the Reno Air Races claimed the lives of four spectators and injured dozens more. Despite this tragedy, the Reno Air Races continue to be a popular annual event for aviation enthusiasts in Nevada and around the world.
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