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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New Line Cinema

1945: Actor Divine, a drag queen often associated with independent filmmaker John Waters, is born under the birth name Harris Glenn Milstead in Baltimore, Maryland. Divine, pictured here in Water's infamous 1972 film "Pink Flamingos," died of an enlarged heart at the age of 42 on March 7, 1988.


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