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5 Fun Facts About March 6 In New Mexico History

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1. On March 6, 1824, the Mexican government established the departmental government of New Mexico. This administrative region encompassed much of the southwestern United States, including present-day New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Colorado and California.

2. The first battle of the Taos Revolt occurred on March 6, 1847. The revolt was a popular insurrection by Mexicans and Pueblo Indians against the U.S. occupation of New Mexico during the Mexican-American War. Although the rebels initially gained control of much of northern New Mexico, the revolt was ultimately crushed by U.S. forces.

3. The New Mexico Statehood Act was signed into law on March 6, 1912, making New Mexico the 47th state in the United States. The act also established New Mexico's state government and boundaries.

4. The New Mexico Museum of Art opened its doors to the public on March 6, 1917. Located in Santa Fe, the museum houses a collection of over 20,000 pieces of art and artifacts, including works by Georgia O'Keeffe, Rebecca Salsbury James, and Gustave Baumann.

5. On March 6, 1967, New Mexico Governor David Cargo signed a law legalizing bingo games and raffles as fundraising activities for non-profit organizations. The law helped to boost revenue for charities and other non-profits throughout the state.
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