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5 Fun Facts About January 23 In New Mexico History

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1. On January 23, 1827, a group of New Mexicans led by Juan José Gallegos successfully fought off a Comanche raiding party. Gallegos' victory helped stabilize the region and prevent further attacks.

2. In 1847, during the Mexican-American War, General Stephen Kearny and his troops entered Santa Fe on January 23. The occupation of Santa Fe secured New Mexico as part of the United States.

3. On January 23, 1864, Colonel Christopher "Kit" Carson led a group of Union soldiers to force Mescalero Apache people onto a reservation. The forced relocation sparked violence and resistance from the Apache people.

4. In 1922, the New Mexico state legislature ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote. This important step forward in women's rights occurred on January 23.

5. Finally, in 1982, Roswell, New Mexico native Leroy "Satchel" Paige became the first Negro League player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Paige's induction on January 23 recognized his legendary pitching career and his contributions to the integration of baseball.
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