On this day 69 years ago mobster boss Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel opened the Pink Flamingo Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The opening of the iconic Art Deco resort marked the start of a new era in Las Vegas, in which casinos became luxurious “complete experience” retreats, replete with tuxedoed staff, champagne fountains, well-appointed hotel rooms, and deluxe services. Read more at The History Channel.

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Falmingo Hotel seen from the Eiffel Tower replica at the Paris Las Vegas Casino Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Copyright: PR

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