Today in New Mexico History

New Mexico: Albuquerque

Historical Events

  • 1680-08-10 In New Mexico, Popé leads rebellion of Pueblo Indians against Spaniards
  • 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
  • 1861-07-27 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

  • 1864-10-20 James F. Hinkle, American politician, sixth Governor of New Mexico (d. 1951)

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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
William Hanna
  • 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
  • 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- )
  • 1959-09-29 Leslie Graves, Silver City, New Mexico, American actress (Brenda-Capitol, Death Wish 2)

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

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • 1971-09-23 Taunya Harris, Miss USA-New Mexico (1997)
  • 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

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

Actress Jane Wyatt
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
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
  • 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)