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5 Fun Facts About November 7 In New Mexico History

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1. On November 7, 1916, New Mexico became the 47th state in the United States. The territory had been granted statehood earlier that year after a lengthy campaign for statehood, and its admission was a historic moment in New Mexico's history.

2. On November 7, 1967, a deadly coal mine explosion occurred in Farmington, New Mexico, killing 78 miners. The tragedy prompted reforms in the mining industry and led to the passage of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.

3. November 7, 1989 was a significant day for New Mexico as the state's first female governor was elected. Republican Susana Martinez defeated Democrat Diane Denish in the general election, becoming the first Hispanic woman to serve as governor in the United States.

4. In 2018, a record-breaking snowstorm hit New Mexico on November 7, leading to widespread power outages and hazardous driving conditions. Albuquerque received over 7 inches of snow, which was the highest one-day November snowfall since the 1930s.

5. On November 7, 2020, the state of New Mexico was called for former Vice President Joe Biden in the presidential election. The state's five electoral votes contributed to Biden's eventual victory over incumbent President Donald Trump.
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