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  • Oct 31, 1864
    Nevada becomes America's 36th state. After legalizing gambling, it becomes a major showcase for such acts as Elvis Presley, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton and The Oak Ridge Boys. Las Vegas also provides a wedding venue for numerous artists
    Mar 19, 1931
    Nevada legalizes gambling, setting the stage for Las Vegas and Reno to become major entertainment destinations. Among the many country acts who make a mark in those cities: Elvis Presley, Garth Brooks, George Strait and Roy Acuff
    Jun 14, 1942
    Rose Maddox marries her first husband, E.B. Hale, in Reno, Nevada
    Dec 9, 1945
    Spade Cooley marries Ella Mae Evin in Las Vegas, three months after his divorce from his first wife
    Dec 21, 1945
    Woody Guthrie, stationed in Las Vegas, is discharged from the Army, just months after his song "Oklahoma Hills" became a hit for his cousin, Jack Guthrie
    Dec 29, 1948
    Pop singer Margaret Whiting marries CBS-TV executive Hubbell Robinson in Las Vegas. Within months, she records the country hits "Slipping Around" and "Wedding Bells" with Jimmy Wakely
    May 16, 1952
    Hank Williams performs at the Last Frontier, kicking off his first Las Vegas stint. Williams is booked for two weeks, though he ultimately plays just one week
    May 23, 1952
    Hank Williams' two-week engagement at Las Vegas' Last Frontier is cancelled after just one week
    Apr 23, 1956
    Elvis Presley makes his Las Vegas debut, with Shecky Green and the Freddy Martin Orchestra, at the New Frontier Hotel. Reaction is so negative, his four-week booking ends after two weeks
    Dec 11, 1956
    Decca Records throws a birthday party for Brenda Lee, as she turns 12, at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas

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