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What day was infamous gangster Al Capone born?

Alphonse Gabriel Capone, also known as "Scarface" was born January 17, 1899 in Brooklyn. He started into his life of crime at a young age, and quickly progressed from petty crimes to more serious trouble.

(Mug shot of Al Capone as a teenager)

He was moved out to Chicago, and with prohibition being in swing, made a name for himself with bootlegging. He became especially notorious for orchestrating what became known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, in which seven members of a rival gang were murdered.

Even though he participated in many heinous acts, he was eventually incarcerated for the relatively minor infraction of income tax evasion. He was tried in 1931, and was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison, but ultimately only served six and a half years in prison.

He died January 26, 1947, of heart failure.


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