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This page honors the 2008 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 branch 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: Gian Carlo Menotti

Created the first opera for radio, and founder of the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy and Spoleto Festival USA in South Carolina.

 

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: Henry Mancini

Awarded 20 Grammys and 4 Oscars for his film and television scores.

 

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: Mario Andretti

Record-setting race car driver with over 100 wins, and the only driver to win the Daytona 500, Indy 500, and Formula One.

 

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 twentieth 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: Geraldine Ferraro

The first woman nominated on a major party ticket as Vice President of the United States.

 

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: Ezio Pinza

Considered by many to be the world’s greatest bass baritone of the early twentieth century.

 

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

 

Father Michael Accolti

 

Helen Barolini

 

Ernest and Julio Gallo

 

Domenico Ghirardelli

 

Vince Lombardi

 

Frank Zamboni

 

 

2008 Janice Therese Mancuso

 
 
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