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New Mexico turns 101 as a state

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Did you know that today (Jan. 7) marked the 101st birthday for New Mexico achieving statehood?

Neither did I until I heard the mariachis playing in the Rotunda of the Roundhouse at lunch time and walked in to see the spread of five birthday cakes laid out on a big table:

happy birthday new mexico

On Jan. 7, 1912 President William Howard Taft officially admitted New Mexico as the 47th state in the Union.

Here’s a picture of the big guy moments after he signed the statehood proclamation:

taft signs new mexico statehood proclamation

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, New Mexico!

You look great for your age.

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Since 2010, Rob Nikolewski has covered New Mexico politics and investigated fraud, waste and abuse in government. He also writes an opinion column in the Sunday editions of the Santa Fe New Mexican. Rob joined New Mexico Watchdog after 20 years in television as a sports anchor and reporter. He anchored at MSNBC, New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Reno and Boise, winning three regional Emmy awards along the way. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master's in public administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio.