Happy Birthday, Al Capone

In a wonderful historical coincidence, January 17th marks the birth of Chicago’s most famous gangster and the public policy that made him, the day that the 18th Amendment became law.

Al Capone mugshot


Via Karen Abbott (author of Sin in the Second City and Smithsonian blogger), it’s Al Capone’s 114th birthday. It’s also the 93rd anniversary of the 18th amendment, the best birthday gift Capone ever received. Here’s footage of Capone on his way to jail:

Speaking of Capone, one of the most compelling pieces Chicago’s ever run is Jonathan Eig’s investigation into the motive behind the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.


Photograph: Wikimedia Commons



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