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5 Fun Facts About October 18 In Nevada History

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1. In 1864, Nevada was admitted as the 36th state of the Union. The state's mining industry in the 19th century led to its nickname, "The Silver State." Today, Nevada is known for its tourism industry centered around Las Vegas and Reno.

2. In 1900, the Tonopah and Goldfield Railroad was incorporated. The railroad was instrumental in transporting goods and people during the mining boom in central Nevada in the early 20th century.

3. In 1910, Theodore Roosevelt visited Reno during his Bull Moose Party campaign for the presidency. He gave a speech at the Nevada State Capitol building, which was then located in Carson City. Roosevelt ultimately lost the election to Democrat Woodrow Wilson.

4. In 1944, the first atomic bomb test occurred at the Tonopah Test Range in central Nevada. The test was part of the Manhattan Project, a secret government initiative to develop nuclear weapons during World War II.

5. In 2004, the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. was dedicated. The memorial features granite pillars representing each state, including Nevada, and showcases the sacrifices of American soldiers during the war. Many Nevadans served in the military during World War II, and the state contributed to the war effort in various ways, including through the production of magnesium for the aerospace industry.
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