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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1876: Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Mordecai Brown, who won two World Series titles in 1907 and 1908 with the Chicago Cubs, is born in Nyesville, Indiana. He also helped the Cubs to National League pennants in 1906 and 1910 and won 20 or more games each season between 1906 and 1911. Brown finished his major-league career with a 239-130 record, 1,375 strikeouts, and a 2.06 ERA, the third best ERA in MLB history amongst players inducted into the Hall of Fame, after Ed Walsh and Addie Joss. His career ERA is also the best in MLB history for any pitcher with more than 200 wins.


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