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5 Fun Facts About August 9 In New Mexico History

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1. In 1780, a group of Comanche warriors attacked the Spanish settlement of Albuquerque on August 9th. The attack resulted in the death of several people and the capture of many others.

2. On August 9, 1945, the United States dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan. The bomb was dropped by the B-29 bomber named Bockscar, flown by Major Charles Sweeney, who was from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

3. The Battle of Mesilla, a Civil War battle that took place on August 9, 1861, is considered to be the first battle of the Civil War in New Mexico. The Confederate army, led by Colonel John R. Baylor, defeated the Union forces, led by Major Isaac Lynde.

4. In 1965, the Petroglyph National Monument was established on August 9th. The monument features over 20,000 ancient petroglyphs that were created by the Pueblo people and other indigenous groups.

5. On August 9, 1978, the deadliest plane crash in New Mexico history occurred. A Learjet carrying singer-songwriter Jim Croce and five others crashed shortly after takeoff from the Albuquerque International Airport. All six people on board were killed in the crash.
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