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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by expanding it with reliably sourced entries.

20th century

1900s-1950s

See also: Las Vegas in the 1940s and Las Vegas in the 1950s
  • 1900 - The population of Las Vegas, five years before it is founded as a city, is 22.
  • 1905 - Las Vegas is founded as a city on May 15 when 110 acres (45 ha) of land adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks are auctioned off by the railroad company. The areas that were auctioned off were situated between Stewart Avenue on the north, Garces Avenue to the south, Main Street to the west, and 5th Street (Las Vegas Boulevard) to the east and would later become the downtown area.
  • 1905 - San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad begins operating, linking Southern California with Salt Lake City and making Las Vegas an ideal refueling point and rest stop due to the availability of water.
  • 1906 - Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad built.
  • 1909
    • Las Vegas becomes seat of Clark County.
    • Clark County Review newspaper begins publication.
  • 1910 - Victory Hotel in business.
  • 1911
    • June 1: Citizens of Las Vegas vote 168 to 57 in favor of incorporation.
    • June 1: Peter Buol is elected first mayor of Las Vegas, Stewart, VonTobel, McGovern and Gaughlin become city commissioner and assure a "conservative city government".
  • 1920 - Population: 2,304.
  • 1929 - Las Vegas Evening Review and Journal newspaper in publication.
  • 1930 - Population: 5,165.
  • 1931
    • Gambling legalized.
    • Hoover Dam construction begins near Las Vegas.
  • 1933 - Post Office built.
  • 1934 - Helldorado festival begins.
  • 1940
    • Population: 8,422.
    • Las Vegas Union Pacific Station built.
  • 1941 - Las Vegas Army Airfield activated.
  • 1943 - Las Vegas YMCA active.[1]
  • 1944 - Huntridge Theatre built.
  • 1946 - Flamingo Hotel and Golden Nugget casino in business.
  • 1950
    • Population: 24,624.
    • U.S. military Nellis Air Force Base dedicated.
    • Las Vegas Morning Sun newspaper begins publication.
  • 1951 - Binion's Horseshoe casino in business.
  • 1952 - Unitarian Universalist Congregation founded.
  • 1953 - City of Henderson chartered in vicinity of Las Vegas.
  • 1956
    • The City of Las Vegas annexes one square mile of land, the first such addition of land since incorporation 45 years earlier.
    • Las Vegas Air Force Station in use.
    • Fremont Hotel in business.
  • 1957
    • University of Nevada, Las Vegas and United Way of Southern Nevada established.
    • Tropicana in business on the Strip.
  • 1958 - Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada established.[2]
  • 1959
    • The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is built, designed by Betty Willis at the request of a local salesman who sold it to Clark County.
    • Oran K. Gragson becomes mayor.
    • Las Vegas Convention Center opens in Winchester.

1960s-1990s

  • 1960 - The population of Las Vegas has grown to 64,405, which represents more than 22 percent of Nevada's total population, even though with just 25 square miles it occupies less than 0.02 percent of the state's land.
  • 1964: Bonanza Air Lines Flight 114, flying from Phoenix, Arizona to McCarran International Airport, crashes on a hill just southwest of Las Vegas during a landing approach in poor weather conditions. All 26 passengers and 3 crew members were killed when the plane exploded on impact.
  • 1966 - Aladdin casino in business.
  • 1967
    • Las Vegas Marathon begins.
    • Barrick Museum of Natural History established.
  • 1968
    • Circus Circus in business on the Strip.
  • 1970 - Population: 125,787.
  • 1973 - Las Vegas City Hall built.
  • 1979 - Liberace Museum opens near city.
    • Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School opens
  • 1980 - Population: 164,674; metro 463,087.
  • 1981
    • Cinedome movie theatre in business.
    • KUNV college radio begins broadcasting.
  • 1982 - Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas established.
  • 1983 - Harry Reid becomes U.S. representative for Nevada's 1st congressional district.
  • 1984
    • Spanish Trail Country Club opens.
    • Meadows School established.
  • 1985 - Paradise 6 cinema in business.
  • 1989 - Mirage casino in business on the Strip.
  • 1990
    • Guinness World Records Museum established.
    • Population: 258,295; metro 741,459.
    • Excalibur casino in business on the Strip.
  • 1992 - Cannon Aviation Museum established near city.
  • 1993
    • MGM Grand, Treasure Island, and Luxor casinos in business on the Strip.
    • Las Vegas Business Press begins publication.
    • Defcon hacker convention begins.
  • 1994 - Zen Center founded.
  • 1996
    • September: Murder of Tupac Shakur.
    • Neon Museum founded.
    • Las Vegas CityLife newspaper begins publication.
    • Stratosphere and Monte Carlo casinos in business on the Strip.
  • 1997
    • City website online (approximate date).
    • New York-New York Hotel & Casino in business on the Strip.
  • 1998
    • Bellagio (hotel and casino) in business on the Strip.
    • Las Vegas Weekly newspaper begins publication.
    • Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra founded.
  • 1999
    • Mandalay Bay, Venetian, and Paris casinos in business on the Strip.
    • Oscar Goodman becomes mayor.

21st century

  • 2000
    • Population: 478,434.
    • Aladdin Casino rebuilt on the Strip.
  • 2001
    • Omar Haikal Islamic Academy opens.
    • Palms Casino in business near the Strip.
  • 2004 - Las Vegas Urban League established.
  • 2005
    • World Market Center built.
    • Wynn casino in business on the Strip.
  • 2006 - Miss Exotic World Pageant and Burlesque Hall of Fame relocated to Las Vegas.
  • 2007 - Palazzo casino in business on the Strip.
  • 2008 - Encore casino in business on the Strip.
  • 2009 - CityCenter opens.
  • 2010
    • Syn Shop hackerspace opens.
    • Population: 583,756; metro 1,951,269.
    • Cosmopolitan casino in business on the Strip.
  • 2011
    • Carolyn Goodman becomes mayor.
    • Population: 589,317; metro 1,969,975.
  • 2012
    • Smith Center for the Performing Arts opens.
    • Las Vegas City Hall rebuilt.
  • 2013
    • Zappos.com headquartered in city.
    • Steven Horsford becomes U.S. representative for Nevada's 4th congressional district.
  • 2014
    • 8 June: 2014 Las Vegas shootings occur.
    • Downtown Summerlin opens. Downtown Project continues expanding the Fremont East district.
  • 2015 - May 2: Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match takes place.
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