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5 Fun Facts About November 19 In New Mexico History

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1. On November 19, 1910, the Taft-Roosevelt split became apparent in New Mexico politics when former President Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Albuquerque to speak on behalf of progressive Republican candidates, while President William Howard Taft backed conservative candidates.

2. On November 19, 1933, New Mexico became the 48th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which repealed Prohibition.

3. On November 19, 1944, Las Cruces Army Airfield (later renamed White Sands Missile Range) officially began operations as a testing site for developing and launching missiles.

4. On November 19, 1974, the Abo Canyon Railroad Bridge in Valencia County was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge, completed in 1907, was an engineering marvel and an important part of the rail network in the Southwest.

5. On November 19, 1998, the International Space Hall of Fame in Alamogordo was dedicated. The museum honors individuals who have made significant contributions to space exploration and educates visitors on the history and future of space travel.
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