Today in Gangster History

Criminals: Drug Lords - Mafiosos

Historical Events


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1921-12-23 Gangster Carlo Gambino enters the United States as an illegal immigrant on the SS Vincenzo Florio

Gangster Carlo Gambino
Gangster
Carlo Gambino

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1923-06-06 Gangster Albert Anastasia is convicted of illegal possession of a firearm and sentenced to two years in prison

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1929-02-14 St Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed, allegedly on Al Capone's orders

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • 1931-10-24 Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion
  • 1933-06-17 Kansas City Massacre: 1 FBI agent, 4 cops & 1 gangster killed by mob

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1933-10-12 Gangster George Francis Barnes, aka Machine Gun Kelly, is sentenced to life imprisonment

American Gangster George 'Machine Gun' Kelly
American Gangster
George 'Machine Gun' Kelly

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1936-05-01 FBI's J. Edgar Hoover arrests gangster Alvin "Creepy" Karpis

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover

MurderAssassination Attempt

1957-05-02 Gangster Frank Costello escapes an assassination attempt made by rival mobsters

Gangster Frank Costello
Gangster
Frank Costello

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1959-01-07 American gangster Meyer Lansky flees Cuba for the Bahamas due to the Cuban Revolution and rise of Fidel Castro

Mobster Meyer Lansky
Mobster
Meyer Lansky

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1961-12-21 Gangster Joe Gallo is sentenced to 7 to 14 years in state prison for extortion

Gangster Joe Gallo
Gangster
Joe Gallo

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1968-04-08 Gangsters Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke commit the Air France robbery, stealing $420,000

Mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill
Mobster and FBI informant
Henry Hill

MurderMurder of Interest

1983-01-20 American gangster Roy DeMeo is found murdered in his car trunk after disappearing a few days earlier

Gangster Roy DeMeo
Gangster
Roy DeMeo

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2011-06-22 After hiding for 16 years, Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is arrested outside an apartment in Santa Monica, California

Gangster Whitey Bulger
Gangster
Whitey Bulger
  • 2013-11-14 Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus five years for his crimes

Famous Birthdays

  • 1883-06-20 Leah Baird, actress (Lady Gangster), born in Chicago, Illinois

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1891-01-26 Frank Costello, Lauropoli Italy, Italian-American gangster (The Prime Minister of the Underworld)

Gangster Frank Costello
Gangster
Frank Costello

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1891-08-21 [George] Bugs Moran, American gangster, born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1957)

Gangster Bugs Moran
Gangster
Bugs Moran

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1895-07-18 George Machine Gun Kelly [Georgio Barnes], American gangster, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1954)

American Gangster George 'Machine Gun' Kelly
American Gangster
George 'Machine Gun' Kelly

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1896-11-24 Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Sicily, NYC Mafia gangster, (d. 1962)

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1899-01-17 Al Capone, American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), born in Brooklyn, New York

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone

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1902-09-26 Albert Anastasia [Umberto Anastasio], Tropea Italy, American gangster (Murder Inc)

  • 1903-09-22 Joseph Valachi, American gangster (d. 1971)
  • 1904-02-03 Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, gangster and FBI Most Wanted criminal
  • 1905-01-18 Joseph Bonanno, Italian-born gangster (d. 2002)

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1906-02-28 Bugsy Siegel, gangster created casinos in Las Vegas

Mobster Bugsy Siegel
Mobster
Bugsy Siegel
  • 1910-02-06 Carlos Marcello, Tunisian-born gangster (d. 1993)
  • 1910-02-21 Carmine Galante, Italian-born gangster (d. 1979)
  • 1913-09-04 Mickey Cohen, American gangster (d. 1976)
  • 1914-03-15 Aniello Dellacroce, American gangster (d. 1985)
  • 1921-01-19 "Billy Batts" Devino, American gangster (d. 1970)

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1929-09-03 Whitey Bulger [James Joseph Bulger Jr.], American gangster, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Gangster Whitey Bulger
Gangster
Whitey Bulger

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1942-09-07 Roy DeMeo, American gangster (Gambino crime family), born in Brooklyn, New York

Gangster Roy DeMeo
Gangster
Roy DeMeo
  • 1945-03-12 Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, American gangster
  • 1953-06-26 Robert Davi, American actor and opera singer (Die Hard, Gangster Chronicles, License to Kill), born in Queens, New York
  • 1956-06-18 Brian Benben, Winchester Va, actor (Dream On, Gangster Chronicles)
  • 1956-09-14 Joe Penny, actor (Gangster Wars, Riptide, Jake & the Fatman), born in London, England

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1918-12-30 Gangster Al Capone (19) marries Mae Josephine Coughlin, mother of his child

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone

HeartWedding of Interest

1926-12-05 Gangster Carlo Gambino (24) weds his first cousin Catherine Castellano

Gangster Carlo Gambino
Gangster
Carlo Gambino

Famous Deaths

  • 1889-02-03 Belle Starr, US female gangster, murdered at 40
  • 1921-03-21 "Big Jim" Colisimo, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1929-05-07 Albert Anselmi, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1929-05-07 John Scalise, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1929-05-07 Joseph "Top Toad" Giunta, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1931-12-18 John T "Legs" Diamond, US gangster, murdered at 35
  • 1934-10-22 Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, gangster, shot dead at 30 by FBI in Ohio
  • 1934-11-27 "Baby Face" Nelson, [Lester Gillis], gangster, shot by FBI at 26
  • 1935-10-23 Abe Landau, US gangster, murdered
  • 1935-10-23 Dutch Schultz [Arthur Flegenheimer], US gangster, murdered at 33
  • 1935-10-23 Otto "Aba Daba" Berman, US gangster, murdered
  • 1940-07-31 Whitney Krakower, US gangster, murderrd by "Bugsy" Siegel
  • 1941-11-12 Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, NY gangster/police informer, killed
  • 1942-02-19 Frank Abbandando, American gangster (executed) (b. 1910)
  • 1943-03-19 Frank Nitti, American gangster (b. 1883)

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1947-01-25 Al Capone, Chicago gangster, dies of neurosyphilis at 48

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone

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1947-06-20 Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, gangster, shot dead in Beverly Hills Cal

Mobster Bugsy Siegel
Mobster
Bugsy Siegel
  • 1951-10-04 Willie Moretti, American gangster (b. 1894)

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1954-07-18 George Machine Gun Kelly, American gangster, dies at 59

American Gangster George 'Machine Gun' Kelly
American Gangster
George 'Machine Gun' Kelly

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1957-02-25 Bugs Moran, American gangster, dies of lung cancer in prison at 65

Gangster Bugs Moran
Gangster
Bugs Moran

MurderMurder of Interest

1957-10-25 Albert Anastasia [Umberto Anastasio], American gangster (Murder Inc), murdered at 55

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1962-01-26 Charles "Lucky" Luciano, NYC Mafia gangster, dies of a heart attack at 65

  • 1967-11-24 Louis Fratto, American gangster (b. 1908)
  • 1969-06-24 Ted Hecht, actor (Time to Kill, Song of India, Gangster)
  • 1971-04-03 Joseph Valachi, US gangster, dies at 66

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1973-02-18 Frank Costello, American gangster, dies of a heart attack at 82

Gangster Frank Costello
Gangster
Frank Costello

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1975-06-19 Sam Giancana, American gangster, dies of multiple gunshot wounds at 67

Gangster Sam Giancana
Gangster
Sam Giancana
  • 1976-07-29 Mickey Cohen, American gangster (b. 1913)

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1976-10-15 Carlo Gambino, Italian-American gangster, dies of a heart attack at 74

Gangster Carlo Gambino
Gangster
Carlo Gambino
  • 1979-01-14 Thomas DeSimone, gangster associate of the Lucchese crime family (b. 1950)

MurderMurder of Interest

1983-01-10 Roy DeMeo, American gangster (Gambino crime family), murdered at 40

Gangster Roy DeMeo
Gangster
Roy DeMeo
  • 1985-07-07 Patti McCarty, actress (Gangster of the Frontier), dies at 64
  • 1985-12-02 Aniello Dellacroce, American gangster (b. 1914)
  • 1987-03-17 Santo Trafficante, Jr., American gangster (b. 1914)
  • 1989-11-17 Gus Farace, American gangster (b. 1960)
  • 1993-03-03 Carlos Marcello, Tunisian-born gangster (b. 1910)
  • 1993-03-13 Ralph Smith Fults, US gangster (Bonnie & Clyde gang), dies at 82
  • 1995-03-17 Ronnie Kray, English gangster (The Firm), dies at 61
  • 1997-02-22 Joseph Aiuppa, American gangster (b. 1907)
  • 2000-10-01 Reginald Kray, British gangster (b. 1933)
  • 2002-05-11 Joseph Bonanno, Italian-born gangster (b. 1905)

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2002-06-10 John Gotti, American gangster (b. 1940)

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti
  • 2003-05-15 George Francis, British gangster (b. 1940)