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5 Fun Facts About March 22 In New Mexico History

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1. On March 22, 1917, the United States government established the Camp Furlong military base in Columbus, New Mexico, in response to tensions with Mexico along the international border during the Mexican Revolution. The base was named after Lieutenant Benjamin D. Furlong, who was killed in the Battle of Columbus on March 9, 1916.

2. The first successful parachute jump in New Mexico was completed on March 22, 1930 by Lt. Harold R. Harris of the United States Army Air Corps at Kirtland Field. This jump helped to establish the use of parachutes in aviation and set the stage for future developments in military and civilian parachuting.

3. March 22, 1951 saw the establishment of the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in southern New Mexico. The range covers 3,200 square miles and is used for missile testing and research by the United States military and other government agencies.

4. On March 22, 1965, the United States Army formally established the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. This group was originally formed to provide support to the U.S. military in Vietnam, and many of its members were trained in New Mexico's rugged wilderness areas prior to deployment.

5. In 1995, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science opened its doors to the public for the first time on March 22. The museum showcases the state's geological and paleontological history, as well as the cultural history and scientific discoveries of its people. Today, the museum is a popular destination for both locals and tourists.
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