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5 Fun Facts About November 10 In New Mexico History

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1. On November 10, 1911, New Mexico officially became a state in the United States of America. After years of lobbying by New Mexico's citizens and politicians, Congress finally admitted the territory as the 47th state.

2. In 1945, a group of scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico successfully tested the first atomic bomb. The explosion took place in a remote desert area of the state called Alamogordo and was the culmination of the top-secret Manhattan Project.

3. The Battle of Peña Blanca took place on November 10, 1680, during the Pueblo Revolt. A group of Pueblo warriors led by Popé attacked and defeated a Spanish settlement in what is now Rio Arriba County.

4. On November 10, 2004, the Santa Fe Opera House was designated a National Historic Landmark. The opera house, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is known for its stunning architecture and world-class productions.

5. November 10 is also celebrated in New Mexico as Veterans Day. The state has a long history of military service and is home to several military installations, including Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque and White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. Many New Mexicans have served in the armed forces throughout the country's history.
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