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 - James Meredith
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Library of Congress

1962: After being barred from entering on Sept. 20, James Meredith becomes the first black student at the University of Mississippi. A day earlier he had been escorted onto the Ole Miss campus by U.S. marshals, setting off riots that resulted in the deaths of two students. The marshals again escorted him to his first class on Oct. 1.

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