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5 Fun Facts About August 18 In New Mexico History

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1. In 1950, the Zia Pueblo Flag was officially adopted as the symbol of the Zia Pueblo tribe. The flag features a red sun with four rays projecting from each side, representing the four directions and four seasons, and a circle in the middle, symbolizing life and the interconnectedness of all things.

2. On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting women the right to vote. New Mexico was one of the first states to grant women the right to vote in 1912, but the 19th Amendment extended suffrage to women across the country.

3. In 1960, the New Mexico Museum of Art opened in Santa Fe. The museum features a collection of Southwestern art, including paintings, sculpture, and photography, and hosts temporary exhibitions and educational programs.

4. On August 18, 1983, the Santa Fe Opera celebrated its 27th season with a performance of Mozart's "The Magic Flute." The opera, located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is known for its striking architecture and innovative productions.

5. In 1964, the El Camino Real International Heritage Center was established near Socorro. The center celebrates the history and culture of the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, a trade route that connected Mexico City with Santa Fe and other Spanish colonial settlements in the 17th and 18th centuries.
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