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5 Fun Facts About March 7 In New Mexico History

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1. On March 7, 1876, the town of Las Vegas, New Mexico officially became a city. Originally settled by Spanish colonists in the 1830s, Las Vegas grew rapidly due to its location on the Santa Fe Trail and the arrival of the railroad in the 1870s.

2. March 7, 1912 marked the day that New Mexico became the 47th state in the United States. The territory had been under U.S. control since the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848, but it took several decades for it to achieve statehood.

3. In 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the Sandia Mountains near Albuquerque, killing all 20 members of its crew. The plane had been on a training mission, and the cause of the crash was never fully determined.

4. On March 7, 1965, civil rights activist Cesar Chavez spoke at a rally in Albuquerque as part of his efforts to improve working conditions for farm laborers. Chavez organized the United Farm Workers union and led several strikes and boycotts in the 1960s and 1970s.

5. The New Mexico State Legislature designated the native New Mexican toy known as the "yoyo" as the official state toy on March 7, 2008. The yoyo has been popular in the state since the 1920s, when Pedro Flores began manufacturing them in Santa Barbara.
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