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5 Fun Facts About May 31 In New Mexico History

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1. New Mexico officially became a state on May 31, 1912.

2. An historic event took place on May 31, 1945, when a B-29 bomber named the "Enola Gay" took off from New Mexico's Tinian Island and dropped the world's first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

3. On May 31, 1961, then-governor John Burroughs signed legislation that abolished the death penalty in New Mexico.

4. The town of Tijeras, New Mexico was founded on May 31, 1906, as a stop along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.

5. In 2000, the Cerro Grande Fire began on May 4 and burned for nearly a month before being fully contained on May 31. The fire, which broke out in Los Alamos County, would eventually burn over 43,000 acres and cause roughly $1 billion in damages.
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