On this day: October 1

POSTED: 08:26 PM MDT Sep 30, 2012    UPDATED: 12:00 AM MDT Oct 01, 2013 

Thomas Edison opens the world's first electric lamp factory, Yosemite becomes a national park, soccer great Pele says goodbye, and Walt Disney World opens, all on this day.

OTD October 1 - Francisco Franco
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1936: Generalísimo Francisco Franco becomes the 68th "Caudillo de España," or Leader of Spain. Franco, seen here in 1969, would rule as a fascist leader of the country until his death in 1975.

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