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History and folklore of Nevada, written by Associate Professor Michael Green of UNLV, and narrated by former Senator Richard Bryan. Supported by Nevada Humanities and dedicated to the memory of historian Frank Wright. (All segments prior to August 2003 were written by Frank Wright.)Nevada Yesterdays is the collection of essays written by Frank Wright that immortalize the real history of Las Vegas.
Last time, we were talking about World War I. The U.S. declared war a century ago, April 6.
On April 6, 1917, Congress declared war. Woodrow Wilson said it was necessary to make the world safe for democracy. We didn’t entirely succeed at that. We also didn’t entirely fail.
Last time, we talked about the origins of Block 16 … and said we would tell you how it closed.
“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” That’s the classic line in the film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. It also applies to history at times.
A day apart, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds died. A photo showed Reynolds on stage at the Riviera in 1963 as her six-year-old daughter Carrie watched from a stool just offstage.
January 18, 2017, marks an anniversary. On that day, the Nevada legislature completed the state. If that sounds strange, well, it is.
We couldn’t say goodbye to 2016 without mentioning that it marked the 75th anniversary of the Las Vegas Strip. Well, the road WAS there already, dotted with some small clubs and restaurants.
Howard Hughes left a mixed legacy in Nevada. We’ve talked about some of the good and the bad. Part of the problem is the myth that he cleared out organized crime. He did no such thing.
Half a century ago, Nevada’s world turned upside down. On November 27, 1966, a Union Pacific train stopped where the tracks cross Carey Avenue in North Las Vegas.
Last time, we talked about E. Parry Thomas, the Las Vegas icon who died recently. We focused on his coming to Las Vegas in 1955 to run the Bank of Las Vegas.