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5 Fun Facts About May 11 In Nevada History

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1. On May 11, 1911, the University of Nevada, Reno was officially renamed from the State University of Nevada to its current name. The university was founded in 1874 and is the flagship institution of higher education in the state.

2. May 11, 1949, marked the passing of Nevada's first sales tax law, which imposed a 2% tax on all retail sales in the state. The tax was intended to generate revenue for the state's education system.

3. On May 11, 1987, a devastating wildfire known as the 'Tuolumne Fire' broke out in the Lake Tahoe area, burning over 5,000 acres and costing millions of dollars in damage. The fire was caused by a lightning strike and spread quickly due to strong winds in the area.

4. May 11, 2005, marked the opening of the 'New Frontier' casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The casino was originally built in 1942 and underwent numerous renovations and ownership changes before ultimately closing in 2007.

5. On May 11, 2017, the Nevada legislature passed a bill that effectively ended the state's contentious 'tampon tax,' which had previously imposed a sales tax on feminine hygiene products. The move was celebrated by advocates for women's rights and access to healthcare.
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