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Las Vegas Honors Legends

February 6, 1999

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Frank Sinatra called an entertainment summit and The Rat Pack was born. Howard Hughes was about to be bounced from the Desert Inn Hotel, so he bought the place. Benny Binion arrived in town from Texas with a trunk full of cash and remained to become a gambling icon.

Legendary figures who carved a niche in Las Vegas history were honored Thursday night with the opening of the Casino Legends Hall of Fame at the Tropicana Hotel.

Sinatra was among the entertainers inducted into the hall, which traces the history of Las Vegas from its founding as a railroad stop 94 years ago to current times.

Some 2,000 invited guests watched clips of the late singer performing in Las Vegas over the years.

Others honored as entertainment legends were: Siegfried and Roy, The McGuire Sisters, Shecky Greene, Sam Butera, Keely Smith and Liberace.

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