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5 Fun Facts About June 10 In Nevada History

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1. On June 10, 1859, the first newspaper in Nevada, the "Daily Territorial Enterprise," was published in Virginia City. It quickly became one of the most influential newspapers in the West, and writers such as Mark Twain and Dan De Quille got their start there.

2. In 1935, on June 10, the Hoover Dam was officially dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The dam, located on the Colorado River between Nevada and Arizona, is one of the largest hydroelectric power plants in the world and provides electricity to millions of people in the Southwest.

3. On June 10, 1986, the Great Basin National Park was established in Nevada. The park encompasses over 77,000 acres of rugged mountains, deep canyons, and pristine wilderness, and is home to unique plant and animal species such as the bristlecone pine and the Lehmann's rock cress.

4. In 1963, on June 10, the Nevada State Museum opened in Carson City. The museum features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of Nevada, including mining, geology, and American Indian artifacts.

5. On June 10, 1998, astronaut and Reno native John M. Grunsfeld flew on his first space shuttle mission, STS-91, to the Russian space station Mir. Grunsfeld would go on to fly on three more missions and perform a total of eight spacewalks, earning him the nickname "Hubble Hugger" for his work on repairing and upgrading the Hubble Space Telescope.
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