On this day: October 1

Published On: Sep 30 2012 09:26:47 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 01 2014 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 - Pele
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1977: Brazilian soccer great Pele retires following an exhibition match between the New York Cosmos and his former team, the Santos Futebol Clube, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Pele played the first half of the game for the Cosmos and the second half for Santos. He retired with 1,281 goals in 1,363 games.

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