On Dec. 1, 2009 … After expenditures of $8.5 billion, the highly anticipated CityCenter development begins a series of rollouts of its multiple elements. Highlights include the ribbon-cutting for its nongaming, 1,495-room Vdara Hotel and Spa. The 67-acre complex debuts with 6,000 hotel rooms and 2,400 residences among its six buildings. And a breathtaking city within our already breathtaking city springs to life.
On Dec. 1, 2010 … Officials announce that online footwear/clothing retailer Zappos.com will move into the former City Hall building at 4th Street and Stewart Avenue. In a city that loves to bet, this one is a shoe thing.
On Dec. 2, 1976 … Elvis begins his final, 10-night engagement at the former Las Vegas Hilton. He would die eight months later, on Aug. 16, 1977, turning every resort in Las Vegas into Heartbreak Hotel.
On Nov. 1, 2006 … The iconic Stardust Hotel-Casino shutters after 48 years of twinkling on the Strip skyline. Yet that famous sign lives on, both at the Neon Museum and in the legacy of Las Vegas.
On Nov. 5, 2014 … Clark County Commissioner (now Gov.) Steve Sisolak celebrates the Planet Hollywood residency of Britney Spears, declares “Britney Day” and presents her with the “key” to the Strip. Question: Is there any hotel on the Strip you can still open with a “key”?
On Oct. 10, 1963 … Kiss the atomic age adios when the Limited Test Ban Treaty takes effect, eliminating aboveground testing at the Nevada Test Site. But we’ll always have Miss Atomic Bomb (a photo created by the late Don English of the Las Vegas News Bureau).
On Oct. 30, 1957 … A lasting Vegas landmark — and roaring tourism engine — begins its life when construction commences on the Las Vegas Convention Center, which would open in 1959 with a 90,000-square-foot exhibit hall and 6,300-seat arena. And a tourism legend and indispensable economic asset to Southern Nevada takes flight.