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The 2011 Quick Facts List of Thirty-One Days of Italians

 provides a date and name to celebrate for each day in October during Italian American Heritage Month.

 

For more information about each person, go to the Index of Names, select the person, and click on his or her Category link. Then scroll down to locate name.

 

[HM]: Honorary Member

 

 

October 1: The Italian Immigrant [HM]

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

 

October 2: Amadeo Pietro Giannini [HM]

Established the branch banking system in America.

 

October 3: Guglielmo Marconi [HM]

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

 

October 4: Filippo Mazzei [HM]

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 [HM]

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

 

October 6: Ernest & Julio Gallo

Founders of E & J Gallo Winery in Sonoma County, California, in 1933; now Gallo Family Vineyards, the largest family owned winery in the world.

 

October 7: Mario Lanza

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

 

October 8: Helen Barolini

Award winning author of more than 50 literary works.

 

October 9: Father Pietro Bandini [HM]

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

 

October 10: Enrico Fermi [HM]

Discovered radioactive elements that heralded the nuclear age.

 

October 11: Antonio Pasin [HM]

Created Radio Flyer wagon.

 

October 12: Christopher Columbus [HM]

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

 

October 13: Maria Montessori, M.D [HM]

Developed an educational method for teaching children.

 

October 14: Giovanni Caboto

Explored the northeastern American continent for England.

 

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: Dean Martin

Popular 20th century entertainer of stage, screen, radio, and film.

 

October 17: Mother Francis Xavier Cabrini [HM]

First American citizen to become a saint.

 

October 18: Enrico Caruso [HM]

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

 

October 19: John N. LaCorte

Established the Italian Historical Society of America and was the driving force behind the naming of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

 

October 20: Frank Capra

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

 

October 21: Arturo Toscanini [HM]

One of the world’s greatest orchestra conductors.

 

October 22: Giovanni Verrazzano

First European explorer to enter the harbor of New York.

 

October 23: Sabato Rodia

Creator and builder of Watts Towers.

 

October 24: Fiorello La Guardia

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

 

October 25: Amerigo Vespucci [HM]

Namesake of America.

 

October 26: Geraldine Ferraro

First woman to be nominated on a major party ticket as Vice President of the United States.

 

October 27: Constantino Brumidi [HM]

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

 

October 28: Daniela Gioseffi

Award winning poet, writer, lecturer, and educator.

 

October 29: Frank Sinatra

International entertainment icon.

 

October 30: Andrea Palladio [HM]

"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.

 
 
Copyright 2007-2014 Janice Therese Mancuso
 
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