Palermo in History

Historical Events

  • 1072-01-10 Robert Guiscard conquers Palermo
  • 1194-11-20 Palermo, Sicily, is conquered by Emperor Henry VI
  • 1676-06-02 Battle at Palermo: French beats Dutch and Spanish fleet
  • 1848-01-09 People's uprising in Palermo, Sicily
  • 1848-01-12 Palermo rising against the Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies takes place in Sicily

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1860-05-26 Giuseppe Garibaldi occupies Palermo, Italy

Unifier of Italy Giuseppe Garibaldi
Unifier of Italy
Giuseppe Garibaldi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-07-22 US forces led by General George Patton liberate Palermo, Sicily

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • 1963-06-30 Ciaculli massacre: A car bomb, intended for Mafia boss Salvatore Greco, kills seven police and military officers near Palermo
  • 1972-05-05 Alitalia DC-8 crashes west of Palermo Sicily; killing 115
  • 1991-07-08 Major league umpire Steve Palermo and former NFL defensive lineman Terence Mann shot trying to help 2 waitresses from being robbed
  • 1993-01-15 Top mafia leader Salvatore "Toto" Riina arrested in Palermo
  • 2012-12-18 4 people are killed and 11 are injured after an apartment block collapses in Palermo, Italy

Famous Birthdays

  • 1660-05-02 Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian baroque composer (Tigrane), born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 1725)
  • 1666-12-05 Francesco Scarlatti, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Sicily (d. ~1741)
  • 1743-06-08 Alessandro Cagliostro [Giuseppe Balsamo], Italian adventurer and magician (Prince of Quacks), born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 1795)

Person of interestFrank Capra

1897-05-18 Frank Capra, Italian-American film director (Its a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night), born in Bisacquino, Italy (d. 1991)

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra

Person of interestCarlo Gambino

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

Gangster Carlo Gambino
Carlo Gambino
  • 1927-09-18 Gerlando Alberti, Sicilian Mafioso (Ciaculli massacre, 1963, 'Mafia! What is that? A kind of cheese'), born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 2012)
  • 1970-06-27 Petra Langrova, Prostejov Czech, tennis star (1995 Palermo doubles)
  • 1973-11-07 Martín Palermo, Argentine footballer

Famous Weddings

  • 1969-03-08 Marriage of 12 year old Marcella Rosciglione in Palermo

Famous Deaths

  • 1992-03-12 Salvo Lima, mayor (Palermo)/MP (chr-dem), murdered
  • 1992-05-23 Giovanni Falcone, anti-mafia judge (Palermo), murdered