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On This Date: June 21, 1996 The Monte Carlo Opened on the Las Vegas Strip

June 21, 2017
Monte Carlo Resort

Monte Carlo Resort and Casino fire broke out on January 25, 2008

The Monte Carlo opened on June 21, 1996 and is a megaresort hotel and casino on the Famous Las Vegas Strip. The hotel has a  102,000-square-foot casino floor with 1,400 slot machines, 60 table games, and 15 poker tables. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. The hotel offers 2,992 guest rooms, including 259 luxury suites.

Recently added is the new T-mobile Arena (650,000 square feet up to 20,000 seats) and The Park occupying space between the Monte Carlo and the New-York New-York Hotel.

MGM said it will redesign the Monte Carlo to create two hotels. The Park MGM hotel will have 2,700 rooms and incorporate some of the Monte Carlo’s European design influences.

The other hotel will be known as The NoMad Las Vegas, which will occupy the top three floors of the existing hotel tower.

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On This Date: June 20, 2017 The Hottest Temperature Recorded in Las Vegas 117° F

June 20, 2017
Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Strip as seen from Henderson – click to view high-res

June 20, 2017, marks the official hottest temperature recorded in Las Vegas at McCarran International Airport was 117 degrees Fahrenheit. Official records date back to 1937 and this was the forth time that Las Vegas has reached this sizzling temperature along with

July 24, 1942
July 19, 2005
June 30, 2013
June 20, 2017

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On This Date: June 20,1947, Mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, Shot & Killed in Beverly Hills, CA

Bugsy Siegel Mug Shot

Bugsy Siegel

On this date: Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was shot and killed in Beverly Hills, California. In 1945, Bugsy Siegal, was instrumental in establishing the first resort on the now famous Las Vegas Strip with the opening of the Flamingo Hotel & Casino.

Siegel befriended fellow hooligan Meyer Lansky, with whom he established the Bugs-Meyer Gang, a band of ruthless Jewish mobsters that ran a group of contract killers under the name Murder, Inc.

Siegel opened The Flamingo Hotel & Casino at a total cost of $6 million on December 26, 1946. Billed as the world’s most luxurious hotel, the 105-room property and first luxury hotel on the Strip, it was built seven miles from Downtown Las Vegas out the the city limits in Clark County Nevada.

 

Bugsy was brutally killed On the evening of June 20, 1947, when bullets came crashing through his living room window in Beverly Hills. Meanwhile back in Las Vegas, three of Lansky’s cohorts entered the Flamingo Hotel and declared a takeover. Although Lansky denied involvement in the hit, there is little doubt that Siegel was murdered on orders.

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On This Date: June 17, 1960 The El Rancho Vegas was Destroyed Fire

June 17, 2017
El Rancho Hotel Fire

El Rancho Hotel Vegas

Late night on June 17, 1960, Harry James and Betty Grable were performing on stage, the hotel was destroyed by a fire. There were no deaths or injuries. Despite vows to rebuild the El Rancho Vegas after the fire, the plans never materialized. In 1970, billionaire Howard Hughes purchased 60 acres  of the land. In 1978, the remnants of the old resort were demolished.

El Rancho Hotel Fire

El Rancho Hotel Fire

El Rancho Hotel Fire

El Rancho Hotel Fire

El Rancho Hotel Fire

El Rancho Hotel Fire

El Rancho Hotel Fire

El Rancho Hotel Fire

The El Rancho Vegas was the first resort on the Las Vegas Strip and open on April 3, 1941. The hotel was located on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Sahara Blvd.  It was the largest hotel in Las Vegas with 110 rooms in 1941. When it opened, El Rancho Vegas’s dining room was the largest in Las Vegas. The casino consisted of four table games—two blackjack tables, one roulette table, and one craps table—and seventy slot machines.

El Rancho Vegas

El Rancho Vegas The First Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip

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On This Date: June 8, 1956 The Silver Palace Casino opened in Downtown Las Vegas

June 8, 2017
Silver Palace

Silver Palace on Fremont and 1st Street

On this date: June 8, 1956 the Silver Palace Casino opened in Downtown Las Vegas.
The casino and restaurant was a new concept in Las Vegas.

It was the first two level club in Las Vegas with an escalator connecting the casino with the lower level restaurant.

When it opened, it was one of the larger clubs in Las Vegas, with 16,700 square feet of floor space on the two levels, the casino was designed for 200 slot machines, three dice tables, five 21 tables, one roulette wheel and Keno. On the outside, over 1,000 feet of neon tubes lit the First Street side of the club and more than 3,000 light bulbs cast the Silver Palace sign in bright splendor along Fremont.

The Silver Palace was designed Lee Linton, in the style of French contemporary artist Henri Matisse, The Silver Palace closed in 1964. After the Silver Palace closed, a long chain of opening and closings, which include the following: Carousel, Gamblers Hall of Fame, Sundance West, Sassy Sally’s and now Mermaids.

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On this Date: June 4, 1975 The Golden Goose Opened in Downtown Las Vegas

June 4, 2017
Golden Goose Downtown Las Vegas

The Golden Goose  circa 1999

On this date, June 4 1975, the Golden Goose opened at 20 Fremont Street, downtown Las Vegas. Although the Golden Goose was mostly a slot house for most of its 5 years of operation. They later closed in 1980.

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