Today in Mafioso History

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

MurderMurder of Interest

1992-04-02 Mafia boss John Gotti is found guilty of 5 murders (Paul Castellano, Thomas Bilotti, Robert DiBernardo, Liborio Milito and Louis Dibono), plus conspiracy to murder, loansharking, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, bribery and tax evasion

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti
  • 1992-06-24 Mafia boss John Gotti begins life sentence in jail for murder and other crimes
  • 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 and Vatican City, 5 killed
  • 2018-03-15 Slovakia‚Äôs prime minister Robert Fico resigns amid crisis after the murder of a journalist Jan Kuciak investigating mafia connections
  • 2018-12-04 Attempts to establish mob council in Sicily thwarted when 46 members of the mafia arrested including Settimio Mineo

Famous Birthdays

  • 1877-07-24 Calogero Vizzini, Sicilian Mafia boss, born in Villalba, Sicily, Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1893-01-26 Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (d. 1976)

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)

  • 1897-11-27 Vito Genovese, Italian-American crime syndicate boss, born in Risigliano, Tufino, Italy (d. 1969)

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
Gangster
Carlo Gambino

Person of interestSam Giancana

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

Gangster Sam Giancana
Gangster
Sam Giancana
  • 1915-06-26 Paul Castellano, American organized-crime chief, born in Brooklyn, New York (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, Italian-American mafioso, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1928-07-13 Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (d. 2000)
  • 1930-11-16 Salvatore Riina, Italian mobster and chief of the Sicilian Mafia, born in Corleone, Sicily, Italy (d. 2017)
  • 1933-01-31 Bernardo Provenzano, Mafia Boss (Cosa Nostra), born in Corleone, Sicily (d.2016)

Person of interestRichard Kuklinski

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 interestJohn Gotti

1940-10-27 John Gotti, mafia head of the Gambino family, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2002)

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

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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 Mafia boss, dies at 76

Person of interestCharles "Lucky" Luciano

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

  • 1969-02-14 Vito Genovese, Italian-American crime syndicate boss, 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 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
  • 2005-12-19 Vincent Gigante, Italian-American mafioso, dies at 77

Person of interestRichard Kuklinski

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