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5 Fun Facts About May 7 In Nevada History

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1. In 1869, the Central Pacific Railroad completed the construction of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah. This event marked a significant moment in Nevada's history as the railroad brought new settlers and economic opportunities to the state.

2. On May 7, 1915, the Nevada State Legislature approved a bill that made it illegal to manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating liquors, putting the state on the path towards Prohibition.

3. In 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the side of Mount Potosi, killing all 14 crew members onboard. The wreckage was not discovered until 1955, and a memorial now stands at the site to honor the fallen airmen.

4. On May 7, 1954, the last public hanging in the state occurred in Carson City. Thomas E. Ketchum, also known as Black Jack Ketchum, was executed for his involvement in a train robbery.

5. In 2019, Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill into law that made Nevada the first state in the US to ban employers from requiring a pre-employment drug test for marijuana. The law went into effect on January 1, 2020.
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