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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1931: Novelist David John Moore Cornwell, better known by his pen name John le Carré, is born in Poole, Dorset, England. He is best known for his espionage novels, including the 1963 international best-seller "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold."

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