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 - EPCOT Center
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1982: EPCOT Center opens at Walt Disney World in Florida. The theme park, stemming from the conceptual Utopian city of the future Walt Disney had wanted to build at Disney World, was designed as a model city of tomorrow, with its name standing for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.


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