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.

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2005: Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb. The storm's intensity would slowly level off after becoming a Category 5 hurricane, with winds decreasing to 150 mph before reaching the Yucatán Peninsula on Oct. 20 and 21.

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