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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1945: Actor John Lithgow, known for roles on TV shows such as "3rd Rock from the Sun" and "Dexter" as well as in movies like "The World According to Garp," "Terms of Endearment," "Footloose" and "Shrek," is born in Rochester, New York.

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