On this day, October 22nd, in 1979, Mickey Mouse welcomed the 100-millionth visitor, 8-year-old Kurt Miller from Kingsville, MD, to Walt Disney World in Florida. Miller received a lifetime pass from Mickey and the Walt Disney World Vice President, Bob Allen.
The Walt Disney World Resort is the world’s most visited entertainment resort located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The resort includes four theme parks, two water parks, and 23 on-site themed resort hotels, a campground, two spas/physical fitness centers, five golf courses, and other recreational venues and entertainment. The resort, then containing only the Magic Kingdom theme park, opened on October 1, 1971 and has only grown since then. Some of these additions include Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Canadian born Mario Lemieux played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins and in doing so, established himself as one of the NHL’s all-time greats. Lemieux was known for his impressive 6 ft 4 in frame and surprising ability to fake out defenders. In his career, Lemieux won three Hart Trophies, which are given to the MHL’s MVP.
On this day, December 31st, in 1988, Mario Lemieux became the first and only player to score 5 NHL goals in 5 different ways. In the game against the New Jersey Devils, Lemieux amassed a total of 8 points. Scoring from all five scoring situations was an unthinkable feat and fans watched in amazement as Lemiex scored in an even-strength, power-play, shorthanded, penalty shot, and empty net scenario.
Lemieux retired in 1997 and was named to the Hall of Fame that year. He would return to play for the Penguins from 2000-2006. Lemieux is currently the partial owner and chairman of the board for the Pittsburgh Penguins.