Palermo in History

Historical Events

  • 1072-01-10 Robert Guiscard's Norman force 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Davis Cup

1995-03-31 Second time in tennis history, world #1 and #2 ranked players play in the same Davis Cup team; Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi score victories in US quarter-final win against Italy 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)
  • 1737-07-15 Louise of France, French princess daughter of King Louis XV and Marie Leszczyńska and Carmelite prioress, born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 1787)
  • 1743-06-08 Alessandro Cagliostro [Giuseppe Balsamo], Italian adventurer and magician (Prince of Quacks), born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 1795)
  • 1806-04-27 Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, Queen of Spain (1829-33), born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1878)
  • 1813-12-10 Errico Petrella, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1877)
  • 1857-07-02 Francesco Spetrino, Italian conductor and composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1948)
  • 1882-04-09 Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1945)
  • 1888-07-04 Henry Armetta, Italian-American actor (The Black Cat, Bell for Adano, Big Store), born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy (d. 1945)

Frank CapraFrank Capra (1897-1991)

1897-05-18 Italian-American Academy Award-winning film director (It's a Wonderful Life; It Happened One Nigh; Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), born in Bisacquino, Italy

Carlo GambinoCarlo Gambino (1902-1976)

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

  • 1902-11-18 Barbara Giuranna, Italian pianist and composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1998)
  • 1902-11-27 Giuseppe Savagnone, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1984)
  • 1924-04-25 Franco Mannino, Italian pianist, conductor, classical concert, opera, and film score composer (Death in Venice; Il diavolo in giardino), born in Palermo, Italy (d. 2005)
  • 1927-09-18 Gerlando Alberti, Sicilian Mafioso (Ciaculli massacre, 1963, 'Mafia! What is that? A kind of cheese'), born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 2012)
  • 1930-04-02 Girolamo Arriego, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1941-07-23 Sergio Mattarella, Italian politician and President of Italy (2015-), born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1947-04-04 Salvatore Sciarrino, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1964-01-18 Enrico Lo Verso, Italian actor, born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1964-12-01 Salvatore Schillaci [Totò], Italian soccer striker (16 caps; Messina, Juventus), born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1970-06-27 Petra Langrová, tennis star (1995 Palermo doubles), born in Prostějov, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973-11-07 Martín Palermo, Argentine footballer, born in La Plata, Argentina
  • 1974-02-14 Filippa Giordano, Italian singer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1982-01-08 Emanuele Calaiò, Italian footballer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1990-08-12 Mario Balotelli, Italian soccer striker (36 caps; Nice, Inter, Man City), born in Palermo, Italy

Famous Weddings

  • 1969-03-08 12 year old Marcella Rosciglione becomes Italy's youngest bride in Palermo after Catholic Church gives special permission after she eloped

Famous Deaths

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