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John Dillinger

Gangster John Dillinger

Profession: Gangster

United States of America

Biography: Gangster and bank robber during the Great Depression. His gang robbed two dozen banks and four police stations, while Dillinger himself escaped from jail twice.

Born: June 22, 1903
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: July 22, 1934 (aged 31)
Cause of Death: Killed by federal agents

Historical Events

  • 1933-06-10 John Dillinger robs his first bank, in New Carlisle, Ohio. He takes $10, 600
  • 1933-10-12 John Dillinger escapes from jail in Allen County, Ohio
  • 1933-10-23 John Dillinger and his gang rob Central National Bank, in Greencastle, Indiana. They take $75, 000.
  • 1934-01-15 While robbing the First National Bank in East Chicago, Indianapolis, John Dillinger is shot several times by officer William O'Malley, but survives because he is wearing a bullet proof vest.
  • 1934-03-03 John Dillinger breaks out of jail using a wooden pistol
  • 1934-04-22 US Division of Investigation (later the FBI) under Melvin Purvis botch an operation to capture the John Dillinger Gang at Little Bohemia Lodge, Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. with 2 dead and 4 injured
  • 1934-06-22 John Dillinger is informally named America's first Public Enemy Number One

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