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5 Fun Facts About September 6 In New Mexico History

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1. On September 6, 1629, the Spanish explorer, Pedro de Peralta, founded the city of Santa Fe, which would become the capital of present-day New Mexico.
2. In 1881, famed outlaw, Billy the Kid, was tried and convicted for the murder of Sheriff William Brady in Lincoln County, New Mexico. Brady had been a key figure in a range war between two rival factions.
3. The Navajo Nation Council, the governing body of the largest Native American tribe in the United States, officially signed the Navajo Nation Gaming Compact on September 6, 2001. This allowed the tribe to begin casino operations, generating much-needed revenue for their community.
4. On September 6, 1951, the first atomic bomb test in the United States after World War II was conducted at the Nevada Test Site. The detonation, known as Operation Buster-Jangle, was visible from northern New Mexico and caused radioactive fallout in the surrounding areas.
5. In 2018, the New Mexico State University Aggies football team won a game against the University of Incarnate Word for their first victory of the season. It was also the first win for their new head coach, Doug Martin.
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