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5 Fun Facts About December 19 In New Mexico History

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1. In 1846, General Stephen Kearny established his headquarters in Santa Fe, marking the official beginning of the U.S. occupation of New Mexico during the Mexican-American War.

2. In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state in the United States, with Governor William C. McDonald being sworn in as the state’s first governor.

3. In 1958, the United States and Mexico signed the Rio Grande Compact, which allocated the waters of the Rio Grande between the two countries and established the Rio Grande Compact Commission to oversee its implementation.

4. In 1982, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the state’s death penalty was unconstitutional, making New Mexico the first state in the United States to abolish capital punishment since it was reinstated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976.

5. In 2013, the Spaceport America terminal building was officially opened in Sierra County, New Mexico, marking a significant milestone in the development of the world’s first purpose-built spaceport.
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