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5 Fun Facts About September 25 In New Mexico History

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1. The San Miguel Mission, located in Santa Fe, was dedicated on September 25, 1628. It is the oldest church in the United States and a significant historic landmark in New Mexico.

2. The Battle of Socorro occurred on September 25, 1846, during the Mexican-American War. American soldiers defeated Mexican forces and occupied the town of Socorro.

3. The New Mexico Agricultural Experiment Station was established on September 25, 1895, by an act of Congress. It was the first agricultural research institution in New Mexico.

4. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on September 25, 1909, that it had successfully eradicated the pink bollworm, a destructive cotton pest, from New Mexico. This was a significant victory for the state's cotton industry.

5. On September 25, 1997, the Very Large Array (VLA) telescope in Socorro County was used to detect the most distant known object in the universe at the time. The object was a gamma-ray burst that occurred 12.8 billion years ago.
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