On this day: October 1

POSTED: 8:26 PM Sep 30 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM 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 - F86 Sabre
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Paul Maritz/Wikimedia Commons

1947: The F-86 Sabre flies for the first time, taking off from what is now Edwards Air Force Base in California. The jet was the first swept wing fighter that could counter the similarly winged Soviet MiG-15 in high-speed dogfights over the skies of the Korean War.

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