1931
THIS YEAR IN LAS VEGAS ...

WHILE IN THE WORLD ...

Hoover Dam: Under Construction
The works to build the Boulder Dam (that will then be called after Senator Hoover) finally start.
This cyclopic project will give a thrust to the economy of Nevada, and of the whole United States, helping to overcome the Great Depression years.

Legalized Gambling
On March 19, gambling is legalized in Nevada. Soon after, a large number of licenses are requested for casinos in Las Vegas.

The Meadows Club Opening
On May 2 Tony Cornero and his brothers open The Meadows Club, a very elegant casino that hosts also a cabaret.

Fighting, in the Far East
Taking the pretext from a Chinese bombing, Japan occupies Chinese Manchuria. The League of Nations condemns this invasion, but does not take any action against it.
In the meanwhile Chinese people protest against the Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek, guilty of not having opposed with enough strength to Japan.
General Chiang formally leaves the power, but keeps the command of his army. He will go to face he rise of the Communist leader Mao Zedong.

The Birth of a Giant
On April 30, President Hoover inaugurates ithe world's tallest building, the Manhattan's Empire State Building.
At its top, this skyscraper has a TV broadcasting antenna, and it can also be used as a mooring mast for dirigibles.
In this year New York gets also the world's longest suspension bridge, George Washington Bridge.

Towards the Extremely Small
German scientists Ernst Ruska and Max Knoll present the prototype of the Electron Microscope. Focusing a beam of electrons, this device can magnify an object 16 times.
Future versions of this device will reach will reach magnifications of 100,000.

The Discovery of Deuterium
Chemist Harold C. Urey, at Columbia University, finds a new type of hydrogen atom, whose nucleus is composed by one proton and one neutron.
The new atom is called deuterium, and Urey discovers that in nature there is one deuterium atom every 5,000 ''normal'' hydrogen atoms.
The production of deuterium will represent the first step towards the nuclear synthesis of helium from hydrogen.

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