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5 Fun Facts About November 21 In New Mexico History

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1. New Mexico achieved statehood on November 21, 1911. This day marked the end of New Mexico's long journey to becoming a state in the United States.

2. On November 21, 1968, New Mexico State University (NMSU) became the first university in the United States to launch a fully-functional satellite. The satellite was named "LANDE" and was designed to measure the density of the ionosphere.

3. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science opened its doors to the public on November 21, 1986. The museum has since become one of the premier museums in the southwestern United States, showcasing New Mexico's natural and scientific wonders.

4. In 1892, University of New Mexico (UNM) was founded in Albuquerque. Since then, the university has grown to become the largest higher education institution in the state, with over 25,000 students and faculty.

5. On November 21, 1987, the Sandia National Laboratories unveiled the world's fastest computer. The machine was called the "Black Forest" and was capable of processing up to 1 billion operations per second. The computer was used for research in nuclear weapons development and other defense-related projects.
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