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5 Fun Facts About October 16 In Nevada History

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1. In 1864, Nevada became the 36th state in the United States. Known as the "Silver State", Nevada's statehood was based largely on the discovery of silver in the Comstock Lode.

2. In 1907, the first-ever Reno Air Races were held. These races would go on to become an annual event, attracting thousands of spectators and some of the world's top pilots.

3. On October 16, 1942, the Nevada State Journal reported an unusual event – a herd of wild elephants had escaped from a traveling circus and were roaming the countryside near Reno. The elephants were eventually recaptured, but not before causing a bit of excitement.

4. In 1968, the Nevada State Museum opened in Carson City. The museum is known for its extensive collection of artifacts related to the state's history, including exhibits on mining, Native American culture, and the Old West.

5. On October 16, 1991, the Nevada Test Site was formally designated as a National Historic Landmark. The site, located in Nye County, Nevada, was used for nuclear testing during the Cold War era and is still used for various types of scientific research today.
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