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5 Fun Facts About January 30 In New Mexico History

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1. On January 30, 1847, during the Mexican-American War, the Battle of Canada was fought near the Canadian River in northeastern New Mexico. The American Army led by General Stephen Kearny successfully defeated the Mexican Army led by General Manuel Armijo. This battle marked a significant victory for the American Army and opened up the northern portion of New Mexico to American occupation.

2. On January 30, 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state of the United States. After several years of campaigning for statehood, New Mexico was granted statehood by President William Howard Taft. This made New Mexico the first state with a significant Hispanic population to be admitted to the Union.

3. On January 30, 1933, the "Black Blizzard" swept across New Mexico and other parts of the Midwest. This was a severe dust storm that lasted for several days, causing widespread damage to farms, homes, and livestock. The dust storm was so intense that it caused complete darkness in some areas and resulted in a significant loss of life.

4. On January 30, 1957, the University of New Mexico men's basketball team defeated the Wyoming Cowboys 113-84, setting a new school record for most points scored in a single game. The Lobos were led by Bob Mantooth, who scored 39 points in the game.

5. On January 30, 1974, a massive snowstorm hit Albuquerque, causing widespread power outages and leaving many residents stranded in their homes. The storm dumped over 18 inches of snow in some areas and was one of the largest snowstorms in Albuquerque's history. The National Guard was called in to assist with relief efforts, and it took several days for the city to fully recover.
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