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5 Fun Facts About November 5 In New Mexico History

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1. On November 5, 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state in the United States. After a long struggle for statehood, New Mexico finally achieved its independence from Mexico, and became part of the United States.

2. On November 5, 1935, the city of Albuquerque was struck by a severe dust storm, known as the "Black Blizzard." The storm was caused by a combination of drought, wind, and loose soil created by years of over-farming. The storm caused widespread damage, and led to new agricultural conservation efforts in the region.

3. On November 5, 1945, the first atomic bomb test was conducted at the Trinity Site, in the Jornada del Muerto desert. The test was a major milestone in the development of nuclear weapons, and marked the beginning of the Atomic Age.

4. On November 5, 1968, the Mexican-American student group MEChA was founded at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The group was founded in part to support the Mexican-American community in New Mexico, which has a long history of discrimination and marginalization.

5. On November 5, 2018, Democrat Deb Haaland became the first Native American woman elected to Congress. Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, won election in New Mexico's 1st congressional district, which includes Albuquerque and much of central New Mexico.
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