On this day: October 19

POSTED: 11:05 AM PDT Oct 17, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 18, 2012 

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.

OTD October 19 - Jonathan Swift
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1745: Irish author Jonathan Swift, one of the English language's foremost prose satirists who is best remembered for works such as "Gulliver's Travels" and "A Modest Proposal," dies at age 77 in Ireland.

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