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5 Fun Facts About March 14 In Nevada History

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1. On March 14, 1864, Nevada became the 36th state of the United States. It was the first state to be admitted during the Civil War, and its entry into the Union was largely motivated by the need for more pro-Union votes in Congress.

2. March 14, 1984, marked the opening of the Luxor Las Vegas, one of the most recognizable hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. The 30-story black pyramid features a giant Sphinx and a powerful beam of light that shines from its apex, making it a popular landmark.

3. In 1936, Reno, Nevada, hosted the first National Bowling Tournament in the city's new National Bowling Stadium on March 14. The event drew over 40,000 bowlers and spectators, firmly establishing Reno as a major destination for the sport.

4. On March 14, 1950, Nevada senator Pat McCarran introduced the McCarran Internal Security Act, which authorized the federal government to investigate and detain suspected subversives, communists, and other political dissidents. The controversial law remained in effect until 1971.

5. In 1913, the Nevada Legislature passed a law making March 14 a statewide holiday to honor the state's Native American tribal leaders. The holiday was celebrated for over 60 years before being discontinued in the 1970s. Today, March 14 is still observed as an important cultural anniversary in many Nevada Indian communities.
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