Yom Kippur War / October War

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The Yom Kippur War is also known as the 1973 Arab-Israeli War and was fought from Oct 6 to 25, 1973.

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October 6, 1973
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State of Israel established

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On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, declared "the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel, to be known as the Staet of Israel."

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May 14, 1948
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Boulder Canyon Act passed

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The Boulder Canyon Act authorized the construction of the Boulder Dam and signaled a time of "boom" for the Las Vegas valley.

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January 1, 1928
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Flamingo Hotel and Casino opens

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Benjamin Siegel oversaw the building of the Flamingo for a group of mostly Jewish investors. It opened on December 26, 1946. Siegel was murdered in June 1947.

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December 26, 1946
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Boulder Dam construction begins

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The four-year construction on Boulder Dam (now known as Hoover Dam) began in 1931 during the Great Depression.

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January 1, 1931
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1960 Population

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1960 Clark County NV population is recorded as 127,016.

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January 1, 1960
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Moulin Rouge Agreement

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Hank Greenspun mediated a meeting of local NAACP members and other business leaders to work out an agreement that lifted all Jim Crow restrictions and desgregated Las Vegas. Known as the Moulin Rouge Agreement, African Americans were finally allowed to enter through the front doors of Strip establishments, gamble and attend the shows at the casinos.

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March 25, 1960
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KKK march on Fremont Street

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The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) marched on Fremont Street. Targets of their protest were the small population of African Americans and Jews living in Las Vegas.

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January 1, 1925
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When lost is found, we're elated!

When we learned that a mysterious storage unit holding a substantial chunk of Jewish Federation’s history had been located, our archivists were elated.  Finally we would be able to fill in gaps of the Federation’s history with meeting minutes, photos and event documents. In addition, our ultimate goal to have a complete run of the Jewish Reporter may be attainable.  

Project's Third Year Begins

This blog has been a bit quiet while I was away for the past month.  With August we begin our third year of preserving the history of Jews who migrated to Southern Nevada.  I came back to a desk piled high with mail, transcripts and other materials. All that is now filed away and I am excited to focus on collecting additional oral histories these coming months.

Here are a few random but important items I’d like to mention: