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Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone was born in Brooklyn to Italian immigrants, and became the most wanted American gangster in the 1920s/30s.
Got the nickname Scarface because of flirting with Frank Gallucio’s sister, who got mad and attacked him with a knife.
Al led the Chicago Outfit, who were known as the “Capones”. They smuggled liquor during Prohibition, and did other illegal activities, with which they made US$100 million per year.
Till this day his name is connected with ‘money laundry’, Al was the first man to buy and use laundromats to do tax evasion.
The Valentine’S Day Massacre:
The Vietnam War 1 November 1955 - 30 April 1975 (19 years, 5 months, 4 weeks and 1 day)
On March 8. 1965, 3500 US-Marines land in South Vietnam. Around 1968 already more than half a million. 1973 US Troops withdrawal, 1975 North and South Vietnam were reunified. Over 2 Mio. people died, including 60.000 US-Soldiers.
It’s said that the Vietnam war ended a lot myths, the myth of a clean war, heroic soldiers and the invincibility of the USA.
A Canadian Mountie and an American Maine State Trooper on their respective sides of the Maine - Quebec border during WWII (1941)
That during WWII almost every US Comic Book or Cartoon (which was primary for kids) included some War Propaganda?
Police water hosing a peaceful demonstration in Birmingham, by Bruce Davidson (1963)
Carter Godwin Woodson lived from December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950, he was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
He completed his Ph.D. in history at Harvard University in 1912, where he was the second African-American (after W.E.B. DuBois) to earn a doctorate. Dr. Woodson has been cited as the father of black history.
In 1926, Woodson pioneered the celebration of “Negro History Week”, designated for the second week in February, to coincide with marking the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The week of recognition became accepted and has been extended as the full month of February, now known as Black History Month.