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5 Fun Facts About June 10 In New Mexico History

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1. On June 10, 1942, the United States Army established the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range in New Mexico, which later became known as the White Sands Missile Range. The facility played a pivotal role in the development of nuclear weapons and missile technology during the Cold War.

2. June 10, 1629 marked the founding of the San Juan de los Caballeros mission by Franciscan friars. The mission served as an important center for evangelization and cultural exchange between the Spanish colonizers and the native Pueblo peoples of the region.

3. The legendary outlaw Billy the Kid was indicted for his first murder on June 10, 1878. He was accused of shooting and killing a man named Frank "Windy" Cahill during a fight in a saloon in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

4. On June 10, 1987, the New Mexico State Legislature passed a bill establishing the New Mexico Veterans' Memorial in Albuquerque, which honors the sacrifices and achievements of New Mexico's veterans throughout history.

5. June 10, 1915 marked the opening of the Santa Fe Indian School Art Studio, which would eventually become one of the most important centers for Native American art in the United States. The studio trained and supported generations of Native American artists, including renowned painters such as Allan Houser and Fritz Scholder.
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