Kefauver Day is being celebrated in Las Vegas and the Mob Museum is opening their doors to locals. Free admission is being offered with a Nevada ID Thursday only.
It's all in honor of the Kefauver Committee hearings that took place at the Federal Courthouse in Downtown Las Vegas, which is now the site of the Mob Museum at Third and Stewart. The U.S. Senate Special Committee hearings took place on Nov. 15, 1950 to investigate organized crime across the country.
Las Vegas was one of more than 10 cities where the hearings took place and were a huge television and news event nationally. Think of the OJ Simpson trial and you get an idea of the media spectacle the hearings became. Millions tuned in just to see figures that were associated with the mob.
The anniversary at the Mob Museum begins with a special proclamation by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman declaring Nov. 15 Kefauver Day. The proclamation will be presented to Diane Kefauver who is the daughter of Tennessee Democratic U.S. Sen. Estes Kefauver.
Kefauver day is sponsored by shoe giant Zappos and the museum is open until 7 p.m.
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