Today in Gangster History

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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1928-11-04 American gangster Arnold Rothstein is shot at a business meeting for reputedly refusing to pay gambling debts (dies 6th November)

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein

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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

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

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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
  • 1973-07-10 John Paul Getty III, grandson of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, is kidnapped in Rome by Italian gangsters wanting a ransom

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

Music releaseMusic Single

1995-08-08 "Gangster's Paradise" single released by Coolio (Billboard Song of the Year 1995)

Rapper Coolio
Rapper
Coolio

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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
  • 2018-07-01 French gangster Redoine Faid escapes the Sud-Francilien prison in RĂ©au, France by helicopter

Famous Birthdays

  • 1883-06-20 Leah Baird, American actress (Lady Gangster), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • 1888-06-29 Joseph "Squizzy" Taylor, Australian gangster, born in Brighton, Victoria (d. 1927

Person of interestFrank Costello

1891-01-26 Frank Costello, Italian-American gangster (The Prime Minister of the Underworld), born in Lauropoli, Calabria, Italy (d. 1973)

Gangster Frank Costello
Gangster
Frank Costello

Person of interestBugs Moran

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

Gangster Bugs Moran
Gangster
Bugs Moran

Person of interestGeorge "Machine Gun" Kelly

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

Person of interestCharles "Lucky" Luciano

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

  • 1897-07-10 Jack "Legs" Diamond, American gangster and bootlegger, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1931)

Person of interestAl Capone

1899-01-17 Al Capone, American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1947)

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone

Person of interestAlbert Anastasia

1902-09-26 Albert Anastasia [Umberto Anastasio], American-Italian gangster (Murder Inc), born in Tropea, Calabria, Italy (d. 1957)

  • 1903-09-22 Joseph Valachi, American gangster (d. 1971)

Person of interestPretty Boy Floyd

1904-02-03 Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, American gangster and FBI Most Wanted criminal, born in Adairsville, Georgia (d. 1934)

  • 1905-01-18 Joseph Bonanno, Italian-American mafioso and crime boss of the Bonanno crime family, born in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, Italy (d. 2002)

Person of interestBugsy Siegel

1906-02-28 Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, American gangster who created casinos in Las Vegas, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1947)

Mobster Bugsy Siegel
Mobster
Bugsy Siegel
  • 1910-02-06 Carlos Marcello, Tunisian-born gangster, born in Tunis, Tunisia (d. 1993)
  • 1910-02-21 Carmine Galante, Italian-born gangster (d. 1979)
  • 1913-09-04 Mickey Cohen, American gangster (Cohen crime family), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1914-03-15 Aniello Dellacroce, American gangster (d. 1985)
  • 1921-01-19 "Billy Batts" Devino, American gangster (d. 1970)
  • 1923-12-13 Frankie Fraser, English gangster who spent 42 years in jail, born in London, England (d. 2012)

Person of interestWhitey Bulger

1929-09-03 Whitey Bulger [James Bulger Jr.], American gangster, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2018)

Gangster Whitey Bulger
Gangster
Whitey Bulger
  • 1930-09-09 Frank Lucas, American drug kingpin (fictionalised in 2007 film "American Gangster"), born in La Grange, North Carolina (d. 2019)
  • 1931-07-05 James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, Irish American gangster (inspiration for Jimmy Conway character in Goodfellas), born in New York City (d. 1996)
  • 1933-10-24 Ronald "Ronnie" Kray and Reginald "Reggie" Kray, English gangsters (the Kray twins), born in London, England

Person of interestRoy DeMeo

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

Gangster Roy DeMeo
Gangster
Roy DeMeo
  • 1953-06-26 Robert Davi, American actor and opera singer (Die Hard, Gangster Chronicles, License to Kill), born in Queens, New York
  • 1953-12-29 Stanley "Tookie" Williams, American gangster, born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1956-06-18 Brian Benben, American, actor (Dream On, Gangster Chronicles), born in Winchester, Virginia
  • 1956-06-24 Joe Penny, English actor (Gangster Wars, Riptide, Jake & the Fatman), born in London, England

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Gangster Carlo Gambino
Gangster
Carlo Gambino

LoveWedding of Interest

1933-09-23 Gangster Sam Giancana (25) weds Angeline De Tolve

Gangster Sam Giancana
Gangster
Sam Giancana

Famous Deaths

  • 1889-02-03 Belle Starr, US female gangster, murdered at 40
  • 1921-03-21 "Big Jim" Colisimo, American gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1927-10-27 Joseph "Squizzy" Taylor, Australian gangster, dies of wounds following a gunfight with a rival gangster, John "Snowy" Cutmore, at 39
  • 1929-05-07 Albert Anselmi, American gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1929-05-07 John Scalise, American gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1929-05-07 Joseph "Top Toad" Giunta, American gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1931-12-18 Jack "Legs" Diamond, American gangster and bootlegger, murdered at 34

Person of interestPretty Boy Floyd

1934-10-22 Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, American gangster and FBI Most Wanted criminal, shot dead at 30 by the FBI in Ohio

  • 1934-11-27 "Baby Face" Nelson, [Lester Gillis], gangster, shot by FBI at 26
  • 1935-10-23 Abe Landau, American gangster, murdered
  • 1935-10-23 Dutch Schultz [Arthur Flegenheimer], American gangster, murdered at 33
  • 1935-10-23 Otto "Aba Daba" Berman, American gangster, murdered
  • 1940-07-31 Whitey Krakow [or Krakower], American gangster and hitman (Murder Inc), murdered 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)
Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone

Person of interestBugsy Siegel

1947-06-20 Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, American gangster who created casinos in Las Vegas, shot dead in Beverly Hills at 41

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

Person of interestBugs Moran

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

Gangster Bugs Moran
Gangster
Bugs Moran

MurderAlbert Anastasia

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

Person of interestCharles "Lucky" Luciano

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, American gangster, dies at 66

Person of interestFrank Costello

1973-02-18 Frank Costello, Italian-American gangster (The Prime Minister of the Underworld), dies of a heart attack at 82

Gangster Frank Costello
Gangster
Frank Costello

Person of interestSam Giancana

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 (Cohen crime family), dies at 62

Person of interestCarlo Gambino

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)

MurderRoy DeMeo

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, American 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 "Reggie", British gangster, one of the Kray Twins, dies of cancer at 66
  • 2002-05-11 Joseph Bonanno, Italian-American mafioso & crime boss of the Bonanno crime family, dies of heart failure at 97

Person of interestJohn Gotti

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
  • 2003-05-15 George Francis, British gangster (b. 1940)
  • 2014-11-26 Frankie Fraser, English gangster who spent 42 years in jail, dies of complications related to surgery at 90
  • 2019-05-30 Frank Lucas, American drug kingpin (fictionalised in 2007 film "American Gangster"), dies at 88