1: The Italian Immigrant [HM]
A day to
honor every Italian who journeyed to America from Italy.
2: Amadeo Pietro Giannini [HM]
the branch banking system in America.
3: Guglielmo Marconi [HM]
the Father of Radio for his experiments with long distance wireless transmissions.
4: Filippo Mazzei [HM]
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.”
5: Antonio Meucci [HM]
holder of the patent for the forerunner of today’s telephone.
October 6: Father Michael Accolti
One of the first Italian
Jesuits missionaries in the Pacific Northwest. Established the California Province of Jesuits,
helped start St. Ignatius College (later became San Francisco University).
7: Joseph Barbera
Scriptwriter, illustrator, and co-partner of Hanna-Barbera Productions, producing for television Tom and Jerry, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, The Flintstones, The Yogi Bear Show,
The Jetsons, and Scooby Doo, among many others.
8: Enrico de Tonti
Exploring for the French under the name Henri de Tonti, he arrived in America with La Salle in 1678. Established the first settlement in Arkansas, earning him the title "Father of Arkansas.”
9: Father Pietro Bandini [HM]
for Native Americans. In 1898 established Tontitown, “a perfect example of colonization," in Arkansas.
10: Enrico Fermi [HM]
radioactive elements that heralded the nuclear age.
11: Antonio Pasin [HM]
12: Christopher Columbus [HM]
that changed the world, opening trade routes and immigration from Europe to the Americas.
13: Maria Montessori, M.D [HM]
an educational method for teaching children.
14: Luigi Del Bianco
Chief stone carver on Mt. Rushmore, worked 1933
to 1941, adding the final details to the faces on the monument, repairing a crack in Jefferson’s lip, and carving the
eyes of Lincoln.
15: Robert Charles Gallo
Founder and director of the Institute of Human Virology. Gallo is co-discoverer of the HIV virus that causes AIDS,
and developed the HIV blood test.
16: Jacuzzi Family
In 1947, Candido Jacuzzi developed a hydrotherapy pump that was placed into the tub to circulate the water. In 1966,
he enclosed the pump, making the first whirlpool tub.
17: Mother Francis Xavier Cabrini [HM]
citizen to become a saint.
18: Enrico Caruso [HM]
most acclaimed tenor in the early 1900s.
19: Eusebio Francisco Kino [Francesco Chini]
Jesuit sent to Mexico in 1681. Charted maps and discovered that Baja California was a peninsula. His maps of the southwest
were used until the early 1800s.
20: Amedeo Obici
Founder of Planters Peanuts, and developer
of a new way to roast and blanch peanuts.
21: Arturo Toscanini [HM]
One of the
world’s greatest orchestra conductors.
22: Jeno F. Paulucci
Founder of Chun King Chinese Food,
Jeno’s Pizza, and Bellisio Foods, the parent company of Michelina’s, and the National Italian American Foundation
23: Francis Rogallo
Developed the Rogallo wing, a flexible wing that earned him the title "father of modern hang gliding."
24: R.A. Salvatore
Fantasy author with over
10 million copies of his books sold worldwide.
25: Amerigo Vespucci [HM]
26: Francesco Scavullo
One of the most prominent glamour, fashion, and celebrity photographers in the world.
27: Constantino Brumidi [HM]
the “Michelangelo of the [U.S.] Capitol.”
28: Charlie Angelo
One of the first Pinkerton undercover detectives, and attributed as a leading figure of cowboy heroes of the American
29: Frank J. Zamboni
the world’s first ice resurfacing machine.
30: Andrea Palladio [HM]
Architecture," wrote The Four Books on Architecture, the most famous and influential books on architecture of all time, and
still in print.
31: Your Favorite Italian
someone not on the list, but greatly admired.