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5 Fun Facts About November 6 In New Mexico History

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1. On November 6, 1917, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld New Mexico's constitution, which was ratified earlier that year. The constitution granted women the right to vote in the state, making New Mexico one of the first states to grant suffrage to women.

2. In 1979, the first balloon ascent from Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park took place on November 6th. The event, which is now known as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, attracts hundreds of hot air balloons and thousands of visitors from around the world each year.

3. On November 6, 1962, New Mexico astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth. Glenn's historic mission aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft helped to cement the U.S. space program as a global leader in space exploration.

4. In 1935, the first ski lift in New Mexico opened at the Sandia Peak Ski Area near Albuquerque. The lift elevated skiers to 10,378 feet and provided access to some of the best skiing in the Southwest.

5. On November 6, 1869, the first transcontinental railroad was completed with the driving of a golden spike in Promontory, Utah. The railroad, which connected California to the rest of the country, opened new markets for New Mexico's agricultural and mining industries and helped to spur economic growth in the region.
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