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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2003: In London, magician David Blaine emerges from a clear plastic box that had been suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. Blaine, who had entered the box on Sept. 5, survived only on water for 44 days. He was immediately hospitalized, having lost 25 percent of original body weight during the stunt.


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