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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.


Rob is the National Energy Correspondent for Watchdog.org. Rob is an Emmy-winning news anchor who has held many prominent positions in the journalism field for over 10 years working for MSNBC, Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh and several local television stations. He served as the bureau chief for New Mexico Watchdog and Capitol Report New Mexico for four years. Rob can be reached on Twitter at @NMWatchdog or by email at rnikolewski@watchdog.org