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5 Fun Facts About June 15 In New Mexico History

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1. On June 15, 1907, the first university in New Mexico, now known as University of New Mexico, was established. It started as a single building with just 35 students.

2. In 1924, June 15 was declared "Flag Day" in New Mexico to commemorate the adoption of the state flag, which features a red sun symbol of the Zia Pueblo.

3. On June 15, 1965, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the state's loyalty oath, which required state employees to swear they were not members of the Communist Party, was unconstitutional.

4. In 1988, the largest earthquake in New Mexico's history occurred on June 15, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale. It caused minor damage in the northern part of the state.

5. On June 15, 2011, the Las Conchas Fire broke out in the Jemez Mountains and quickly became the largest wildfire in New Mexico history, burning over 150,000 acres of land.
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