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 - Thurgood Marshall
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Library of Congress

1991: Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall retires from the Supreme Court of the United States one day before the 24th anniversary of his swearing in. He had been appointed in 1967 by President Lyndon Johnson, becoming the first black Supreme Court justice. Marshall, who died of heart failure a little more than a year after retiring, compiled a liberal record during his 24 years on the bench that included strong support for Constitutional protection of individual rights, especially the rights of criminal suspects against the government.


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