On This Day in History October 1, 2020

1890 – An act of Congress establishes Yosemite National Park, home of giant sequoias. Environmental trailblazer John Muir campaigned for the congressional designation. Pres. Benjamin Harrison signed the legislation, making Yosemite America’s third national park.

1908 – Ford Motor Company produces the first Model T, and goes on to build some 15 million Model T autos between 1908 and 1927.

1961 – New York Yankee Roger Maris becomes the first-ever major league baseball player to hit more than 60 home runs in a single season. Babe Ruth set the previous record with 60 home runs in 1927.

2017 – A gunman opens fire on a crowd attending the final night of a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring more than 800.