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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1940: Actor Michael Gambon, known for his stage work as well as his roles in movies such as "The King's Speech," "Open Range," "Gosford Park," "Layer Cake" (pictured) and the last six "Harry Potter" movies, is born in Dublin, Ireland.

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