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This page honors the 2007 Thirty-One Italians and Italian Americans who have significantly contributed to America. To learn more about those listed below, go to Index of Names.

October 1: The Italian Immigrant

A day to honor every Italian who journeyed to America from Italy.

 

October 2: Amadeo Pietro Giannini

Established the banking system in America.

 

October 3: Guglielmo Marconi

Known as the Father of Radio for his experiments with long distance wireless transmissions.

 

October 4: Filippo Mazzei

Supporter of American freedom during American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson’s inclusion of “all men are created equal” into the Declaration of Independence is a paraphrase of Mazzei’s “All men are by nature equally free and independent.”

 

October 5: Antonio Meucci

Original holder of the patent for the forerunner of today’s telephone.

 

October 6: Joe DiMaggio

“The Yankee Clipper” led the NY Yankees to nine World Championships.

 

October 7: Mario Lanza

Renowned tenor and film star in the mid-1950s.

 

October 8: Ella T. Grasso

First woman in America to become state governor in her own right.

 

October 9: Father Pietro Bandini

Missionary for Native Americans. In 1898 established Tontitown, “a perfect example of colonization," in Arkansas.

 

October 10: Enrico Fermi

Discovered radioactive elements that heralded the nuclear age.

 

October 11: Antonio Pasin

Creator of Radio Flyer wagon.

 

October 12: Christopher Columbus

Navigator that changed the world, opening trade routes and allowing immigration from Europe to the Americas.

 

October 13: Maria Montessori, M.D.

Developed an educational method for teaching children.

 

October 14: Domenico Ghirardelli

His company developed the Broma process, a method of extracting cocoa butter from the cacao beans, that is now used by most chocolate manufacturers.

 

October 15: Lee Iacocca

Responsible for the turnaround of Chrysler Corporation in the 1980s and established The Iacocca Foundation, which provides grants to fund diabetes research.

 

October 16: Anthony Fauci

One of the most cited researchers and scientist in the world.

 

October 17: Mother Francis Xavier Cabrini

First American citizen to become a saint.

 

October 18: Enrico Caruso

World’s most acclaimed tenor in the early 1900s.

 

October 19: Yogi Berra

Baseball player, manager, and famous for his quotes, known as "yogi-isms."

 

October 20: Frank Capra

Acclaimed 20th Century film director, best known for It’s a Wonderful Life.

 

October 21: Arturo Toscanini

One of the world’s greatest orchestra conductors.

 

October 22: Giovanni da Verrazzano

First European explorer to enter the harbor of New York.

 

October 23: Robert Mondavi

Revolutionized the American wine industry.

 

October 24: Fiorello La Guardia

First three-term Mayor of New York City. Credited for changing its landscape and building the foundation for the city’s growth after the Depression.

 

October 25: Amerigo Vespucci

Namesake of America.

 

October 26: Giovanni Caboto

Explored the northeastern American continent for England.

 

October 27: Constantino Brumidi

Known as the “Michelangelo of the [U.S.] Capitol.”

 

October 28: Rocky Marciano

The only Heavyweight World Champion to retire undefeated.

 

October 29: Father Geno Baroni

Founder and president of the National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs and founded the Urban Rehabilitation Corporation, the forerunner to Housing Counseling Services.

 

October 30: Andrea Palladio

"Father of Architecture," wrote The Four Books on Architecture, the most famous and influential books on architecture of all time, and still in print.

 

October 31: Your Favorite Italian

Celebrate someone not on the list, but greatly admired.

 

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Mario Andretti

Geraldine Ferraro

Ernest and Julio Gallo

Henry Mancini

Ezio Pinza

Francis Rogallo

R.A. Salvatore

Frank Zamboni

 

2007 Janice Therese Mancuso

 

 

 

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