May 9,1959: Wayne Newton, a 16-year-old singer from Phoenix, makes his Las Vegas debut at the Flamingo Hotel...

May 4, 2011: Marie Osmond remarries ex-husband Stephen Craig at the Las Vegas Mormon Temple. They first married in 1982, divorced three years later, but stayed friends as they raised their son. She wears the same wedding dress 29 years later, joking, “I can't breathe, but I'm in it.”

May 5, 2000: Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton, both wearing blue jeans, get married at Little Church of the West. It’s his fifth marriage, her second. Though they become famous for wearing vials of each other’s blood around their necks, they divorce three years later.

May 6, 2007: HBO chairman Chris Albrecht, credited with developing many hit TV shows, is arrested for assaulting his girlfriend in the MGM Grand parking lot after a boxing match at the hotel. He blames a relapse of alcoholism and is forced to resign.

May 7, 1972: John Newcombe defeats Cliff Drysdale, 6-3, 6-4, to win the first Alan King Tennis Classic at Caesars Palace. Celebrities play for fun, but the pro portion of the tournament hosted by the popular comedian and Vegas headliner is an important stop on the tennis tour until 1985.

May 8, 1967: Ann-Margaret, who was discovered by comedian George Burns in Las Vegas and starred with Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas, marries actor Roger Smith at the Riveria Hotel.

May 9,1959: Wayne Newton, a 16-year-old singer from Phoenix, makes his Las Vegas debut at the Flamingo Hotel with his older brother Jerry. Their two-week gig lasts three years, launches his career as one of the city’s most popular and wealthiest entertainers.

May 10, 2008: A classic ad slogan becomes a mundane romantic comedy as What Happens in Vegas earns $20 million on its opening weekend. Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher are drunken strangers who impulsively wed in Vegas, are forced to live together and, of course, fall in love.

May 11, 2012: Gordon Ramsay, TV’s favorite abusive chef, opens his first Vegas outpost, a steakhouse at Paris Las Vegas. The Hell’s Kitchen star gives a cooking demonstration/press conference laden with comedy, cheery insults and F-bombs. “I’m at my all-time best,” he says.

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