On this day: October 1

Published On: Sep 30 2012 09:26:47 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 01 2016 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 - Ross Perot
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1992: After announcing on July 16 that he would pull out of the presidential race as an independent candidate, Ross Perot re-enters the race. In announcing his intention to re-enter the race, Perot said the reason he had dropped out was because Republican operatives had wanted to reveal digitally altered compromising photographs of his daughter, which would disrupt her wedding, and he wanted to spare her from embarrassment. Perot would end up garnering 18.9 percent of the popular vote, approximately 19.7 million votes, making him the most successful third-party presidential candidate in terms of the popular vote since Theodore Roosevelt in the 1912 election.

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