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On this day: October 19

Published On: Oct 17 2012 02:05:27 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 19 2012 02:00:00 AM EDT

The first disco opens, the United States slaps an embargo on Cuba, Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested at an Atlanta sit-in, and Saddam Hussein goes on trial, all on this day.

OTD October 19 - Jonathan Swift
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1745: Irish author Jonathan Swift, one of the English language's foremost prose satirists who is best remembered for works such as "Gulliver's Travels" and "A Modest Proposal," dies at age 77 in Ireland.

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