New Mexico in History

New Mexico: Albuquerque

Historical Events

  • 1680-08-10 In New Mexico, Popé leads rebellion of Pueblo Indians against Spaniards
  • 1846-08-18 General Stephen W Kearney's US forces captures Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1848-02-02 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends Mexican War; US acquires Texas California, New Mexico & Arizona for $15 million
  • 1848-05-30 Mexico ratifies treaty giving US; New Mexico, California & parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million
  • 1848-08-22 The United States annexes New Mexico
  • 1850-09-09 Territories of New Mexico & Utah created

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1853-06-24 Gadsden Purchase 29,670-square-mile (76,800 square km) from Mexico (now southern Arizona and New Mexico) for $10 million signed by President Franklin Pierce

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US President
Franklin Pierce
  • 1861-07-08 Confederate General Sibley is given command of rebel troops in New Mexico territory
  • 1861-07-27 Confederate troops occupy Fort Fillmore, New Mexico
  • 1867-03-02 US Congress abolishes peonage in New Mexico
  • 1868-06-01 Treaty of Bosque Redondo is signed allowing the Navajos to return to their lands in Arizona and New Mexico.
  • 1878-02-18 John Tunstall is murdered by outlaw Jessie Evans, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico.

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1879-07-19 Doc Holliday kills for the first time after a man shoots up his New Mexico saloon.

Gunfighter in the American Old West Doc Holliday
Gunfighter in the American Old West
Doc Holliday

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1881-04-18 Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.

Frontier Outlaw Billy the Kid
Frontier Outlaw
Billy the Kid
  • 1884-12-01 American Old West: Near Frisco, New Mexico, deputy sheriff Elfego Baca holds off a gang of 80 Texan cowboys who want to kill him for arresting Charles McCarthy.
  • 1893-03-10 New Mexico State University cancels its 1st graduation ceremony; its only graduand Sam Steele was robbed & killed the night before
  • 1912-01-06 New Mexico becomes 47th state of the Union
  • 1913-09-22 Coal mine explosion kills 263 at Dawson, New Mexico
  • 1918-05-20 1st electrically propelled warship (New Mexico)
  • 1923-02-08 Coal mine explosion at Dawson, New Mexico kills 120
  • 1945-07-16 1st test detonation of an atomic bomb, Trinity Site, Alamogordo, New Mexico as part of the US Manhattan Project
  • 1946-05-22 First US rocket (WAC Corporal) to reach edge of space fired from White Sands Missile Range New Mexico
  • 1947-07-08 Reports are broadcast that a UFO has crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico
  • 1949-02-24 V-2/WAC-Corporal rocket 1st object to reach 5x the speed of sound at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico
  • 1951-02-01 -50°F (-46°C), Gavilan, New Mexico (state record)
  • 1951-11-01 First atomic explosion witnessed by troops, New Mexico
  • 1955-05-18 28.7 cm rain falls at Lake Maloya New Mexico (state record)
  • 1958-05-16 Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico
  • 1961-12-10 US performs nuclear test at Carlsbad New Mexico (underground)
  • 1991-10-05 Fresno State ties NCAA record with 49 points in a quarter, as they route New Mexico 94-17
  • 1994-06-25 105°F (40.5°C) at Albuquerque New Mexico
  • 1994-06-26 107°F (41.6°C) at Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1994-06-27 118°F (47.8°C) at Lakewood New Mexico[dup]
  • 1994-06-27 118°F (47.8°C) at Lakewood New Mexico (state record)

Famous Birthdays


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1861-11-26 Albert B. Fall, New Mexico Senator (Teapot Dome Scandal), born in Frankfort, Kentucky

United States Senator Albert B. Fall
United States Senator
Albert B. Fall
  • 1864-10-20 James F. Hinkle, American politician, sixth Governor of New Mexico (d. 1951)
  • 1892-06-23 Edmund Cobb, western actor (Comanche Territory), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1904-04-20 Bruce Cabot, American actor (Diamonds are Forever, King Kong), born in Carlsbad, New Mexico (d. 1972)
  • 1904-11-04 Don Alvarado, [Jose Page], actor (Captain Thunder), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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1910-07-14 William Hanna, American animator (Hanna-Barbera-Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo), born in Melrose, New Mexico (d. 2001)

Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
  • 1913-04-17 Richard Travis, American actor (Missile to the Moon), born in Carlsbad, New Mexico (d. 1989)
  • 1925-02-11 Kim Stanley, [Patricia Reid], actress (Right Stuff), born in Tularosa New Mexico (d. 2001)
  • 1927-06-30 Joseph R Skeen, (Rep-R-New Mexico, 1981- )

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1931-12-16 Tom Brookshier, Roswell New Mexico, American football player and sportscaster

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • 1932-05-07 Pete Domenici, Republican senator from New Mexico
  • 1937-11-30 Jimmy Bowen, American record producer and pop star, born in Santa Rita, New Mexico
  • 1943-10-03 Jeff Bingaman, (Sen-D-New Mexico, 1983- )
  • 1947-03-18 Steven H Schiff, (Rep-R-New Mexico)
  • 1947-11-15 William B Richardson, (Rep-D-New Mexico, 1983- )
  • 1951-06-27 Sidney M Gutierrez, Mjr USAF/astronaut (STS 40, 59), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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1951-10-27 Edward Lee Howard, American CIA Case Officer and alleged Soviet spy who defected to the Soviet Union in 1985, born in Alamogordo, New Mexico (d. 2002)

Alleged Soviet Spy Edward Lee Howard
Alleged Soviet Spy
Edward Lee Howard
  • 1959-07-14 Susana Martinez, American politician (Governor of New Mexico) 1st female Hispanic US governor, born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1959-09-29 Leslie Graves, Silver City, New Mexico, American actress (Brenda-Capitol, Death Wish 2)
  • 1960-03-18 Claudia Udy, actress (Out of Control, Nightforce), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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1962-04-19 Al Unser Jr, Indy-car racer (over 10 wins), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.

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1964-01-12 Jeff Bezos, American entrepreneur and founder of Amazon.com, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • 1966-07-20 Beth Coats, biathelete (Olympics-1994), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1967-04-22 Bart Bowen, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1970-08-02 Chainey Umphrey, gymnast (Olympics-5th-96), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1970-11-20 Delia Gonzalez, American-Mexican boxer, born in Anthony, New Mexico
  • 1971-04-06 Vivian Y Herding, Miss America-NM (1996), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1971-09-23 Taunya Harris, Miss USA-New Mexico (1997)
  • 1973-05-22 Aaron Graham, professional American football player (Arizona Cardinals), born in Las Vegas, New Mexico

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1973-06-15 Neil Patrick Harris, actor (Doogie Howser MD), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • 1974-01-24 Layla Linn, Miss New Mexico USA (1996)
  • 1977-08-27 Trisha Williams, Hobbs New Mexico, Miss America-New Mexico (1997)
  • 1978-07-01 Vicki Renee Hughes, Miss New Mexico Teen USA (1997)
  • 1978-10-16 Whitni Zimmerman, Miss New Mexico Teen USA (1996)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1900-08-22 Oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny (44) weds Carrie Estelle Betzold in New Mexico Territory

Oil Tycoon Edward L. Doheny
Oil Tycoon
Edward L. Doheny

HeartWedding of Interest

1935-11-09 "Magnificent Obsession" actress Jane Wyatt (24) weds investment broker Edgar Bethune Ward in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Actress Jane Wyatt
Actress
Jane Wyatt
  • 1936-06-14 Singer and cowboy actor Roy Rogers (24) weds Arlene Wilkins in Roswell, New Mexico

HeartWedding of Interest

2002-07-04 Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts (34) weds L.A. cameraman Danny Moder (33) at her 82-acre ranch in Taos, New Mexico

Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-06-15 Film actor and producer Harrison Ford (67) weds actress and Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart (45) in Santa Fe, New Mexico


Famous Deaths

  • 1847-01-14 Gov Bent, 5 others in US occupation, killed by revolt in New Mexico

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1944-11-30 Albert B. Fall, New Mexico Senator (Teapot Dome Scandal), dies at 83

United States Senator Albert B. Fall
United States Senator
Albert B. Fall
  • 1951-03-26 James F. Hinkle, American politician, sixth Governor of New Mexico (d. 1864)
  • 2009-08-07 Louis E. Saavedra, American Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico (b. 1933)