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5 Fun Facts About July 27 In New Mexico History

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1. In 1933, a massive dust storm known as the "Black Dust Storm" hit parts of New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The storm caused severe damage to crops, homes, and infrastructure, and led to the relocation of many families to California as part of the Dust Bowl migration.

2. On July 27, 1953, the first atomic test explosion in New Mexico's history took place at the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range. The blast was part of the United States' nuclear weapons testing program and paved the way for more nuclear testing in the state.

3. In 1960, New Mexico became the 47th state to adopt a state flag, which features a red sun symbol on a yellow background. The flag was designed by Santa Fe artist Harry Mera and has since become a symbol of the state's rich cultural heritage.

4. On July 27, 1974, the Santa Fe Opera House opened its doors for the first time, unveiling a state-of-the-art facility designed by famed architect John Gaw Meem. The opera house has since become a cultural icon in New Mexico and attracts visitors from around the world.

5. In 2003, a wildfire known as the "Trigo Fire" broke out in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico, burning over 15,000 acres of land and destroying several homes and structures. The fire was sparked by lightning and was one of the largest wildfires in the state's history at the time.
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