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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1960: Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested along with 50 student protesters while conducting a sit-in demonstration at the segregated Magnolia Tea Room located in Rich's department store in Atlanta, Georgia. The students were later released, but King would remain in jail while Georgia officials determined whether his sit-in arrest violated parole conditions he had received a month earlier for operating a vehicle with an out-of-state driver's license. After King was sentenced to four months of hard labor in prison, presidential hopeful John F. Kennedy and his campaign manager and brother, Robert Kennedy, helped secure his release.


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