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5 Fun Facts About March 1 In Nevada History

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1. Nevada Day was not always celebrated on October 31st. In fact, from its creation as a holiday in 1933 until 2000, Nevada Day was celebrated on March 1st to commemorate the state's admission to the Union. It was moved to the last Friday in October to give state employees a three-day weekend.

2. March 1, 1936, marked the opening of Hoover Dam, one of the largest hydroelectric power plants in the world. The project, which started in 1931, provided thousands of jobs and boosted the economy of southern Nevada. The dam continues to provide power to Nevada and other southwestern states.

3. On March 1, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill creating the Nevada Territory. This paved the way for Nevada's eventual statehood in 1864, making it the 36th state of the Union.

4. In 1952, the first edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal was published on March 1st. The newspaper, which is still in publication today, has won numerous awards for its coverage of local and national news.

5. March 1, 1987, was the day that the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas caught fire, killing 87 people and injuring over 700 others. The tragedy led to major changes in safety regulations for high-rise buildings and helped improve emergency preparedness in Nevada and across the country.
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