1953: Neon signs advertise for the "Monte Carlo in the desert." | (Bettmann/Corbis)

1959: Actor Gene Kelly poses with members of the Folies Bergère during rehearsal for his TV special, Gene Kelly's Wonderful World of Girls, at the Hotel Tropicana. | (AP Photo)

1965: Muhammad Ali raises his arms in triumph after beating Floyd Patterson at the Las Vegas Convention Center. | (Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

1959: Elizabeth Taylor, right, and Eddie Fisher, left, discuss their wedding plans with Sammy Davis Jr. at the Hotel Tropicana. | (AP Photo)

1954: Surrounded by "The Strongest Men in the World," Mae West makes her Vegas nightclub debut at the Hotel Sahara. | (Bettmann/Corbis)

1953: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis ride down Main Street, en route to a film premiere. | (AP Photo/Frank Filan)

1970: Louis Armstrong exits his Las Vegas dressing room ahead of a performance. | (AP Photo/Eddie Adams)

1954: Ronald Reagan headlines a show at the Last Frontier Hotel with a male quartet called the Continentals. Ben Cruz, the 59-year-old former leader of the group, recalls: "We expected to have to carry Ronnie, and at first he was rough as a cob...By the end of the first week ...he knew the choreography as well as we did. Most stars would have faked it, but he learned his stuff." | (Bettmann/Corbis)

1966: Singer Frank Sinatra and actress Mia Farrow smile as they cut into their wedding cake after their Las Vegas nuptials. | (Keystone/Getty Images)

1969: Seven members of the World Series–winning New York Mets make their stage debut at Caesars Palace to a sellout crowd. Left to right: Art Shamsky, Tommy Agee, Tom Seaver, Donn Clendenon, Ed Kranepool, Jerry Koosman, and Cleon Jones. | (AP Photo/EW)

1966: Arnold Palmer, second from right, laughs as he runs his hand through the $20,000 he won by defeating Gary Brewer, left, in a playoff round at the Tournament of Champions. | (AP Photo/Harold Filan)

1956: Liberace, left, shares a laugh with Elvis Presley at the Riviera Hotel. | (AP Photo)

1964: The Beatles try their luck on a pair of slot machines. Left to right: Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon. | (Harry Benson/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)