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On This Date: October 15, 1993, The Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas Opened

October 15, 2017
Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas opened on October 15, 1993

On this date October 15, 1993 the 120,000-square-foot casino and hotel opened at 4am. When it opened, the pyramid, which cost $375 million to build, was the tallest building, 365 feet, on the strip and contained 2,526 rooms and a 100,000 square ft. casino. In comparison, the Luxor stands at 365 feet tall where the Great Pyramid of Giza stands at 455 feet tall. The Luxor is located at the south end of the strip at 3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. next to the Excalibur near Tropicana Ave.

The hotel was expanded with two additional hotel towers nearing 2,000 rooms in 1998 giving the resort a total of 4,407 rooms. The tip of the pyramid contains a fixed-position spotlight that points directly upward and is claimed to be the brightest beam in the world at over 42.3 billion candle power. Currently owned and operated by MGM Resorts International.

Original Photo by: Mark Wagner (Creative Commons Attribution 2.5)
Source: Wikipedia.org

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On This Date: October 10, 1944 Huntridge Theater opens in Las Vegas

October 10, 2017
Huntridge Movie Theater

Huntridge Theater Located at 1208 E. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada

On This Date, October 10, 1944, The Huntridge Theater opens as the first non-segregated theater in Las Vegas.

The building was designed by S. Charles Lee and is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places. The Huntridge Theater closed on July 31, 2004.

Efforts are moving forward to save the Huntridge Theater.

Photos By: LasVegas360.com
Date Taken: July 6, 2013

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On this Date, October 1, 1980 Bob Stupak’s Glitter Gulch opened on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas.

October 1, 2017

On this Date, October 1, 1980 Bob Stupak’s Glitter Gulch opened at 22 Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.

Sassy Sally Glitter Gulch

Sassy Sally atop the Glitter Gulch sign

In 1982 Herb Pastor acquired the Glitter Gulch Casino next door to his Golden Goose Casino and combined the two locations under the license of the Golden Goose operating it until 1991.

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On This Date: September 30, 1935 Hoover Dam Was Dedicated by President FDR

September 30, 2017
Hoover Dam Dedicated by President Roosevelt

Boulder Dam/Hoover Dam Dedicated by President Roosevelt Sept. 30, 1935

Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between Arizona and Nevada. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. The cost of the construction was $49 million dollars and was completed two years ahead of schedule. The dam was controversially named after President Herbert Hoover.

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On This Date: September 16, 2007 – O. J. Simpson was Arrested in Las Vegas for Robbery

September 16, 2017

 

O.J. Simpson LVMPD Booking Shot after being found guilty in 2008

O.J. Simpson LVMPD Booking Shot after being found guilty in 2008 (photo by: LVMPD)

On September 16, 2007, O. J. Simpson along with Clarence Stewart was arrested in Las Vegas, at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino and charged with numerous felonies (12 in total), including armed robbery.  Simpson and Stewart entered a hotel room and attempted to rob two sports memorabilia dealers at gun point. Simpson was immediately taken into custody and told the police that he was trying to reclaim his stolen possessions.

He was later found guilty and sentenced to 33 years imprisonment, with a minimum of nine years without parole. He is currently serving his sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada.  This was also the same day that Simpson’s book about his ex-wife’s and Ron Goldman’s murder was published.

He’s not eligible for parole until late 2017.

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On This Date: September 9, 2013 Zappos Moves to Downtown Las Vegas

September 9, 2017
Zappos-Cubicles

Zappos Cubicles allow for personalization

On this date, September 9, 2013, Zappos moves their headquarters into the old City Hall building in Downtown Las Vegas. Zappos original was from San Francisco, moved to Henderson, Nevada in 2004 and finally to Downtown Las Vegas.  Lead by Zappos CEO and guru, Tony Hsieh, who is considered in some circles as the Dalai Lama or Llama of DTLV.  Tony Hsieh, who also leads the Downtown Project, has been revitalizing downtown Las Vegas as a vibrant cultural and economic hotspot.

 

Photo By: lizzielaroo http://www.flickr.com/photos/61023128@N08/5553353725/

Date: March 15, 2011

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