On this day: October 1

Published On: Sep 30 2012 09:26:47 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 01 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - government shutdown
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2013: The U.S. federal government shuts down non-essential services after Congress is unable to pass a budget measure. Regular government operations resumed Oct. 17 after an interim appropriations bill was signed into law. During the shutdown, most non-exempt government employees were furloughed and all national parks and monuments were closed to the public. The 16-day-long shutdown was the third-longest government shutdown in U.S. history, after the 18-day shutdown in 1978 and the 21-day 1995-96 shutdown.

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