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5 Fun Facts About June 22 In New Mexico History

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1. On June 22, 1846, the American troops under the command of General Stephen Kearny entered Santa Fe and claimed the territory of New Mexico for the United States during the Mexican-American War.

2. In 1893, the first train arrived in Raton, New Mexico, marking the completion of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway's main line through the state.

3. On June 22, 1934, the infamous outlaw Bonnie Parker and her partner Clyde Barrow stopped at a gas station near Wellington, New Mexico, where they killed a police officer and two civilians.

4. In 1964, the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico successfully launched the XM-21, the world's first underwater long-range missile.

5. On June 22, 2000, the Cerro Grande Fire broke out near Los Alamos and burned more than 48,000 acres of land, including parts of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, before being contained nearly a month later.
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