Today in Mafioso History

Criminals: Drug Lords - Gangsters

Historical Events

  • 1923-02-24 Mass arrests in US of mafia
  • 1957-11-14 The Apalachin Meeting outside Binghamton, New York is raided by law enforcement, and many high level Mafia figures are arrested.
  • 1963-06-30 Ciaculli massacre: A car bomb, intended for Mafia boss Salvatore Greco, kills seven police and military officers near Palermo.

MurderMurder of Interest

1982-04-29 American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski murders pharmacist Paul Hoffman by beating him with a tire iron

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • 1986-12-17 American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski is arrested at a roadblock
  • 1987-01-13 Seven top New York City Mafia bosses sentenced to 100 years in prison each
  • 1989-12-06 Mafia drug kingpin bombs security force at Bogota, kills 52
  • 1993-01-15 Top mafia leader Salvatore "Toto" Riina arrested in Palermo
  • 1993-02-15 Bombings by mafia drug lords kill 14 in Bogota, Colombia
  • 1993-05-18 Italian police arrest Mafia boss Benedetto "Nitto" Santapaola
  • 1993-05-27 Mafia bombs Uffizi Museum in Florence, killing 6
  • 1993-05-28 200,000 demonstrate against mafia terror
  • 1993-07-27 Mafia bombs historical buildings in Rome/Milan/Vatican City, 5 killed

Famous Birthdays

  • 1877-07-24 Calogero Vizzini, Sicilian mafioso (d. 1954)
  • 1893-01-26 Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (d. 1976)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1896-11-24 Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Italian-American gangster of the New York mafia, born in Sicily, Italy (d. 1962)

  • 1897-11-27 Vito Genovese, American mafioso (d. 1969)

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1902-08-24 Carlo Gambino, Italian-born American mafioso (Gambino family), born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy (d. 1976)

Gangster Carlo Gambino
Gangster
Carlo Gambino

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1908-06-15 Sam Giancana, American mafioso, born in Chicago, Illinois

Gangster Sam Giancana
Gangster
Sam Giancana
  • 1915-06-26 Paul Castellano, American mafia boss (d. 1985)
  • 1927-09-18 Gerlando Alberti, Sicilian Mafioso (Ciaculli massacre, 1963, 'Mafia! What is that? A kind of cheese'), born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 2012)
  • 1928-03-29 Vincent Gigante, American mafioso (d. 2005)
  • 1928-07-13 Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (d. 2000)
  • 1930-11-16 Salvatore Riina, Sicilian mafioso
  • 1933-01-31 Bernardo Provenzano, Mafia Boss (Cosa Nostra), born in Corleone, Sicily (d.2016)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1935-04-11 Richard Kuklinski, American mafia hit-man, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2006)

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • 1937-03-17 Frank Calabrese [Frankie Breeze], mafia hitman, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1940-10-27 John Gotti, mafia head of the Gambino family, born in The Bronx, New York

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti
  • 1946-02-21 Vito Rizzuto, Sicilian-born alleged mafia boss
  • 1946-12-23 Susan Lucci, Scarsdale, New York, American actress (All My Children, Mafia Princess)
  • 1975-11-17 Lord Infamous [Ricky T Dunigan], American rapper (Three 6 Mafia), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1957-03-28 Jazz musician Billie Holiday (41) weds mafia enforcer Louis McKay

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

Famous Deaths

  • 1954-07-10 Calogero Vizzini, Sicilian mafioso (b. 1877)

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

  • 1969-02-14 Vito Genovese, US mafia chief, dies at 71
  • 1971-05-05 Petro Scaglione, Italian procureur-general, killed by Mafia
  • 1976-03-18 Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (b. 1893)
  • 1982-09-03 Della Chiesa, Italian general/mafia fighter, murdered
  • 1985-12-16 Thomas Bilotti, American mafioso (b. 1940)
  • 1988-11-22 Paul Vario, U.S. Italian Mafia of the Lucchese Family (b. 1914)
  • 1988-12-12 Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano, American Mafia figure (b. 1917)
  • 1991-08-29 Libero Grassi, Italian underwear manufacturer/anti mafia, dies
  • 1992-05-23 Giovanni Falcone, anti-mafia judge (Palermo), murdered
  • 1992-07-19 Paolo Borsellino, Italian anti-mafia judge, murdered by mafia
  • 1993-11-15 Luciano Liggio, Italian mafia leader/painter, dies
  • 1994-03-19 Giuseppe Diana, Italian anti-mafia priest, murdered
  • 2000-04-02 Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (b. 1928)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2002-06-10 John Gotti, American mafia gangster and head of the Gambino family, dies of throat cancer at 61

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti
  • 2005-12-19 Vincent Gigante, American mafioso (b. 1927)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2006-03-05 Richard Kuklinski, American Mafia hit man, dies at 70

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • 2012-02-01 Gerlando Alberti, Sicilian Mafioso, dies from cancer at 88
  • 2012-12-25 Frank Calabrese Sr [Frankie Breeze], American mafia hitman, dies at 75
  • 2016-07-13 Bernardo Provenzano, Mafia Boss (Cosa Nostra), dies in a prison hospital at 83