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Crowds gathered on Fremont Street for the traditional New Year’s Eve fireworks show in 1979. 

Before jumping into the ‘80s, a poll asked Las Vegans to name the key events of the ‘70s. Their top ten choices included the death of Howard Hughes, the culinary strike of 1976, the 1975 Caesars Palace flood, revelations of hidden casino ownership by Detroit, Kansas City and Chicago mobsters, the plan to build the $38 billion MX missile system, and the crippling fuel shortages of 1974 and 1979. (Wayne Kodey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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