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 [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: 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).
October 7: Joseph Barbera
Scriptwriter, illustrator, and
co-partner of Hanna-Barbera Productions, producing Tom and Jerry, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw,
The Flintstones, The Yogi Bear Show, The Jetsons, Scooby Doo, and many others.
October 8: Helen Barolini
Award winning author of more
than 50 literary works.
October 9: Father Pietro Bandini
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
Navigator that changed the world,
opening trade routes and immigration from Europe to the Americas.
October 13: Maria Montessori,
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
First American citizen to become
October 18: Enrico Caruso [HM]
World’s most acclaimed
tenor in the early 1900s.
October 19: Yogi Berra
player, manager, and famous for his quotes, known as “yogi-isms.”
October 20: Vince Lombardi
October 21: Arturo Toscanini
One of the world’s greatest
October 22: Joe DiMaggio
“The Yankee Clipper”
led the NY Yankees to nine World Championships.
October 23: Henry Mancini
Awarded 20 Grammys and 4 Oscars
for his film and television scores.
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
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
Known as the “Michelangelo
of the [U.S.] Capitol.”
October 28: Rocky Marciano
The only Heavyweight World Champion
to retire undefeated.
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.