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5 Fun Facts About January 22 In New Mexico History

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1. In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state to join the United States. The admission of New Mexico marked the end of a long and complicated process that lasted more than half a century.

2. The Navajo Code Talkers were instrumental in World War II, contributing to the Allied victory in the Pacific theater. On January 22, 2001, President Bill Clinton awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the Navajo Code Talkers in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.

3. In 1821, the Santa Fe Trail was established, linking Santa Fe, New Mexico with Independence, Missouri. The trail served as an important trade route and played a significant role in the settlement of the American West.

4. On January 22, 1931, the infamous "Santa Fe Ring" was disbanded after years of corruption and embezzlement. The "Ring" was a group of powerful politicians and businessmen who dominated New Mexico's government and economy in the late 19th century.

5. In 1837, the first printing press in New Mexico was established at the San Miguel Mission in Santa Fe. The press was used to print books and newspapers in both English and Spanish, and played a significant role in the education and cultural development of the region.
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