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 - Los Angeles Time bombing
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1910: A large bomb destroys the Los Angeles Times building in downtown Los Angeles, killing 21 and injuring more than 100. The bomb was set by a union member belonging to the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers as a response to Harrison Gray Otis, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, who was vehemently anti-union. The bomb, 16 sticks of dynamite in a suitcase, was intended to go off at 4 a.m. when the building would be empty but the clock timing mechanism was faulty. It instead went off at 1:07 a.m. and ignited natural gas main lines under the building.


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