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February milestones

On Feb. 3, 2006: Because Las Vegas apparently doesn’t pack enough sex appeal already (HA!), the city adds Hooters hotel-casino to the mix, opening where the San Remo formerly stood. Its distinctive charms were (ahem) immediately apparent.

On Feb. 4, 1987: One of Las Vegas’ iconic figures passes from our midst when Liberace dies. This is a sparkling, one-of-a-kind city. He was a sparkling, one-of-a-kind performer. We completed each other.

On Feb. 6, 1992: President George H.W. Bush visits Opportunity Village. And the 1992 three-way duel between Bush, Bill Clinton and H. Ross Perot is at full-throttle.   

On Feb. 10, 1981: Eight people lose their lives when the Las Vegas Hilton hotel catches fire a mere three months after the MGM Grand fire. Many survivors were brought to the Las Vegas Convention Center for first aid and recovery. 

On Feb. 14, 2012: Arising from Las Vegas’ — how should we put this? — colorful history comes the opening of The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a.k.a., the Mob Museum. The only place where the phrase, “What are you, a wiseguy?” is the ultimate show of respect.

On Feb. 15, 1954: At a career low point following movies such as Bedtime for Bonzo, Ronald Reagan opens a song and dance revue at the Last Frontier. One critic generously terms the two-week run “less than triumphant.” History records that his career was not quite over yet.  

On Feb. 19, 2010: In town for events and discussions about jobs and a then-slumping economy, President Barack Obama speaks at Aria hotel-casino at CityCenter, addressing 600 business leaders.  Unlike the 40th president, the 44th president did not sing and do shtick in Vegas.

On Feb. 20, 2008: The Divine Miss M, a.k.a. Bette Midler, opens her Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace — because the showgirl must go on. Coincidentally, that’s also the name of the show.

On Feb. 22, Every Year: It’s National Margarita Day. In Las Vegas, that’s every day. On this day, the rest of America joins in.

On Feb. 23, 2018: The Las Vegas 51s — since rebranded as the Las Vegas Aviators — break ground on their new, amenities-rich, $150 million Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin. Opening day at home for our Triple-A team, now affiliated with Major League Baseball’s Oakland As, is set for April 9 vs. the Sacramento River Cats. This season, with a name like Aviators, you know our team will be flyin’ high.

 — Steve Bornfeld

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