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5 Fun Facts About November 1 In New Mexico History

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1. All Saints Day: November 1 marks All Saints Day, a Christian holiday celebrated worldwide. It is a day to remember and honor all the saints, known and unknown, who have attained heaven.

2. First Day of Dia de los Muertos: In New Mexico, November 1st is the first day of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of deceased loved ones. This celebration is an important holiday in New Mexico, with many communities holding parades, building ofrendas (altars), and offering food and drinks to the deceased.

3. Founding of Las Cruces: On November 1, 1849, Las Cruces was founded by Don Juan de Oñate, a Spanish conquistador. The city has grown to become the second largest city in New Mexico and is known for its rich cultural heritage and scenic beauty.

4. A Historic Election Day: On November 1, 1910, the people of New Mexico went to the polls to vote on the first election day since achieving statehood. A total of 32,276 votes were cast, with over 75% of eligible voters participating in the historic event.

5. The Establishment of the New Mexico School for the Deaf: In 1887, on November 1, Territorial Governor Edmund G. Ross signed the bill that established the New Mexico School for the Deaf. The school has grown to become a leading institution in the state and a pioneer in education for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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