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5 Fun Facts About October 13 In New Mexico History

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1. On October 13, 1835, the Battle of Nacori Chico took place in present-day Luna County, New Mexico. It was a conflict between a group of Apaches and a detachment of soldiers from the Mexican army.

2. In 1917, New Mexico became the 47th state to ratify the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol in the United States. Prohibition lasted until 1933 when the 21st Amendment was ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment.

3. On October 13, 1945, the University of New Mexico was the first educational institution to broadcast on television in the state. The program was a football game between the New Mexico Lobos and the University of Wyoming's Cowboys.

4. In 1982, Deming, New Mexico, became the "duck racing capital of the world." The Deming Duck Race Association holds an annual race in which thousands of rubber ducks are dropped into the Mimbres River.

5. On October 13, 2006, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson announced that the state was launching a spaceport program. The state partnered with Virgin Galactic to build the first-ever commercial spaceport in the U.S., which is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The first commercial flight from the spaceport took place in 2018.
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