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5 Fun Facts About November 18 In Nevada History

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1. On November 18, 1885, the first shipment of ore was transported from the Comstock Lode in Virginia City to the San Francisco Mint. This marked the beginning of a new era for Nevada's mining industry and helped boost the state's economy.

2. In 1916, the Nevada State Journal reported that news of the World War I armistice had reached Reno, prompting a large celebration in the city's streets. The end of the war meant that many soldiers would be returning home to their families in Nevada.

3. On November 18, 1928, the University of Nevada's Mackay Statue was unveiled in front of the Mackay School of Mines building. The statue honors John Mackay, a prominent Comstock Lode miner, and has become a symbol of the university's mining heritage.

4. In 1954, the Nevada State Journal reported that the state's first union for gaming industry workers had been formed. The Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) had 1,500 members and represented workers in Reno and Las Vegas.

5. On November 18, 1960, actress and singer Dorothy Dandridge performed at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. Dandridge, who was the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, was a trailblazer in the entertainment industry and her performances were highly anticipated by audiences in Nevada and beyond.
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