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5 Fun Facts About August 1 In New Mexico History

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1. On August 1, 1876, New Mexico became the 47th state of the United States. The territory had been annexed by the US government in 1846 following the Mexican-American War.

2. The city of Las Vegas, New Mexico, was founded on August 1, 1835. Originally named Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de Las Vegas Grandes, the city became an important trading center and transportation hub for the region.

3. On August 1, 1958, the first successful satellite communication was established between the US Army Signal Corps Station in White Sands, New Mexico, and the Explorer 4 satellite. This marked a major milestone in the history of space exploration.

4. The New Mexico State Fair, a popular annual event that celebrates the state's culture and agriculture, typically begins on August 1 and runs for two weeks. The fair includes carnival rides, concerts, agricultural exhibits, and a variety of food vendors.

5. The Santa Fe Indian Market, one of the largest and most prestigious Native American art markets in North America, is held annually in Santa Fe on the third weekend in August, often beginning on August 1st. The market showcases the work of Native American artists from across the United States and Canada, and attracts thousands of visitors each year.
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