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5 Fun Facts About June 17 In New Mexico History

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1. In 1598, Juan de Oñate and his expedition reached the Tiguex Pueblo, in present-day New Mexico, establishing the first Spanish settlement in the region.

2. In 1846, during the Mexican-American War, General Stephen Kearny and his troops arrived in Santa Fe, claiming New Mexico for the United States without any battle or resistance.

3. In 1861, the Civil War began in New Mexico, as the Union Army's troops attacked a Confederate camp at Mesilla, initiating the Battle of Mesilla.

4. In 1928, the extraterrestrial-inspired "Landing of the Star People" pageant took place in Roswell, commemorating the alleged UFO crash that had occurred in the area a year earlier.

5. In 1950, the Santa Fe Opera, a world-renowned venue for the performing arts, held its first season in New Mexico, showcasing productions such as Wozzeck, The Magic Flute, and La Traviata.
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