It remains the biggest tragedy in Nevada history, and the second-worst hotel fire in U.S. history. Nov. 21 marks the 32nd anniversary of the MGM Grand fire, which killed 85 people, most from smoke inhalation, largely because the MGM (now Bally’s), which opened in 1973, didn’t have fire sprinklers. Here are YouTube links to the NBC Nightly News report on the day of the event, and to a 1981 National Fire Protection Association educational film chronicling the blaze and its aftereffects. Some good did come from the tragedy: The Clark County Commission passed more stringent fire-safety requirements in 1981 for all high-rise buildings, helping to make Las Vegas hotel-casinos among the safest in the world.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.