St. Valentine's Day - Did you know?

@kykidd (6818)
United States
February 10, 2008 10:47am CST
Since Valentine's Day will soon be upon us, I decided to share this little tid bit of information that I got off of a post card I picked up in Chicago. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, this most notorious event in Chicago's history is the name given to the shooting of seven people during Prohibition Era conflict in the winter of 1929 between two powerful criminal gangs in Chicago. The South Side Italian gang was led by Al "Scarface" Capone and the North Side Irish/German gang was led by George "Bugs" Moran. On the morning of February 14, St. Valentine's Day, six members of Moran's gang were lined up against the rear inside wall of the garage of the SMC Cartage Company in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago's North Side. They were then mowed down by machine-gun fire, by five members of Al Capone's gang (two of them were dressed as police officers). Capone, himself, had arranged to be on vacation in Florida at the time, providing himself with a perfect alibi. Hope you enjoyed, and now you know!
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• United States
10 Feb 08
Wow, I didn't know all of that, cool. :o)
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@kykidd (6818)
• United States
10 Feb 08
It's a pretty famous time in mafia/gangster history. If you go to any old Italian Restaurants, in or around the Chicago area, they probably have something about it on their walls or menus.
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• United States
12 Feb 08
Well, I'll remember that if I ever go there. :o)
• United States
18 Feb 08
yes, this is a good discription of the massacre..once when going down Michigan Ave. and Cermack? well, they were tearing down the old hotel Al Capone was to have had his secret chambers..but they opened them up on live TV and nothing was found but an old booze bottle and junk..but as I was passing the hotel a big wrecking ball had hit the building to smash the bricks and my wife jumped and thought we had just been shot! lol..i think it was funny but she did not..but then I turned right on Cermack and went to China Town..it was cool..but so was the little village..Mexican town on 26 and California area? well, there was lots to see witht the Sears Tower and all the museums plus Rush St. , Hard Rock,,et ctc..great city..wish Detroit was more like Chicago..i only live 40 mintues from Detoit..
• United States
18 Feb 08
The Hones crime fighting reformer mayor Cermack was killed in Miami Florida by an Anachrist..assassing? but he was trying to kill the president elect Franklin D. Roosevelt..even Eliot Ness could not have them....it was on "the Untouchables"
• United States
18 Feb 08
Detroit had the Purple Gang..and even scarface Al Capone did not mess with them..Bugsy Moran said "nobody killed like Al Capone"..big Al was in his mansion in Miami Florida at the time..he lived by the head of the FBI..Hoover...one night al capone had a wild party and Hoover wondered who his rude neighbors were..???i guess he found out