Anselmi, Albert b. July 15, 1883 d. May 8, 1929 Organized Crime Figure. Born in Marsala, Sicily in 1884, Albert Anselmi became involved with the Mafia early in his life. Escaping the relatives of one of his murder victims, he fled to America around 1912 and entered the country illegally through the Gulf Coast, eventually settling on "The Hill", the Italian community of St. Louis. By the beginning of Prohibition, Anselmi had moved on to Chicago, working for the six Genna brothers in Little Italy. Contrary to common belief, it was here that he...[Read More] (Bio by: Dennis Rice) Cause of death: Murdered with a baseball bat by Al Capone. Cimitero Comunale di Marsala, Marsala, Provincia di Trapani, Sicilia, Italy
Bellini, Vincenzo b. November 3, 1801 d. September 23, 1835 Composer. His operas "Norma" (1831) and "La Sonnambula" (1831) are outstanding works of the Italian "bel canto" style. The title role of "Norma" is considered the most difficult in the soprano repertoire. His music had a profound influence on Giuseppe Verdi. Bellini was born in Catania, Sicily, the son and grandson of musicians. He showed early talent and a Sicilian nobleman paid for him to study at the San Sebastiano Conservatory in Naples. His first opera, "Adelson e Salvini" , was...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cattedrale di Sant'Agata, Catania, Provincia di Catania, Sicilia, Italy
Celi, Adolfo b. July 27, 1922 d. February 19, 1986 Actor. He was a popular International character performer best remembered for his role as Emilio Largo in "Thunderball" (1965) and as the Italian race car owner Agostini Manetta in "Grand Prix" (1966). A veteran of over a 100 films, his credits include "Von Ryan's Express" (1965), "The Agony and the Ecstasy" (1965), "Grand Slam" (1967), "Murder in the Rue Morgue" (1971), "The Devil is a Woman" (1974) and "Holocaust 2000" (1977). He also directed several successful South American films such as "...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Messina Town Cemetery, Messina, Provincia di Messina, Sicilia, Italy
Constance of Sicily b. 1152 d. November 27, 1198 Sicilian Monarch. The posthumous daughter of King Roger II of Sicily, she married Prince Heinrich in 1186. Heinrich's father Friedrich Barbarossa died in 1190 and Constance and Heinrich were crowned Emperor and Empress. In December 1194 she gave birth to a son who was named after his two grandfathers, Friedrich Roger. After Heinrich's death she went to Sicily and renounced her sons claims for the German kingship and empire and placed him under the protection of Pope Innocent III. She died one...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Palermo Cathedral, Palermo, Provincia di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy
Fasola, Archbishop. Francesco b. February 23, 1898 d. July 1, 1988 Roman Catholic Archbishop. Born in northern Italy to a family of farmers of poor economic means, due to which the father, Candido, was forced to leave the country to the United States of America seeking better opportunities, where he remained for approximately ten years, Francesco Fasola entered seminary at an early age on the island of San Giulio and was ordained priest for the diocese of Novara in June 1921. Joining the Oblates of Saints Charles and Gaudentius of Novara, a then reeently...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Duomo di Messina, Messina, Provincia di Messina, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Next to the image of the Virgin Mary, in accordance with his wishes.
Giuliano, Salvatore 'Turiddu' b. November 16, 1922 d. July 5, 1950 Bandit and Folk Figure. Salvatore Giuliano was born in Montelepre as the fourth child of Salvatore and Maria Giuliano and was nicknamed Turiddu or Turi. He had a decent primary education, but then went to work on his father's land at the age of thirteen. He transported olive oil and worked as a telephone repairman and on road construction. He was called into the Italian army, but the US invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky) prevented his actual enlistment. He became involved in the wartime...[Read More] (Bio by: salvatore bologna) Comune di Montelepre Cimitero Comunale, Montelepre, Provincia di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Muntilepri
IX, Louis b. April 25, 1214 d. August 25, 1270 French Monarch. A native of Poissy, Louis IX served as king of France between 1226 and his death. A renowned patron of arts, he married Margaret of Provence in 1234 and fathered eleven children. Passing away in Carthage during the second crusade, probably of dysentery, his body was successively boiled so that the bones could be transported hygienically from distant lands back home. Some of his entrails are said to have been buried directly on the spot in what is now Tunisia, where the so called...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cathedral of Monreale, Monreale, Provincia di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy Plot: North Of The Choir.
Jacono, Bishop. Giovanni b. March 14, 1873 d. May 26, 1957 Roman Catholic Bishop. Ragusa born Giovanni Jacono worked as a bricklayer after school hours until being noticed by the local headmaster, who helped him apply for a grant from the municipality which led him to enter the technical school of of the city. Feeling called to the priesthood, following his military service, he asked Cardinal Giuseppe Francica-Nava de Bontifè's permission as archbishop of Catania, to enter seminary. Noticing his devoutness and intelligence, he accepted him with the...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di S. Giovanni, Ragusa, Provincia di Ragusa, Sicilia, Italy
Lombardo, Rosalia b. 1918 d. December 6, 1920 Rosalia Lombardo was an Italian child born in 1918 in Palermo, Sicily. She died on December 6 1920. It is thought that she died from a bronchial infection. Rosalia's father was sorely grieved upon her death that he approached Dr. Alfredo Salafia, a noted embalmer, to preserve her. She was one of the last corpses to be admitted to the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo in Sicily. Thanks to Dr. Salafia's embalming techniques, the body has been well-preserved and appeared so lifelike that until...[Read More] Cimitero dei Cappuccini, Palermo, Provincia di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy
Musco, Angelo b. October 18, 1872 d. October 6, 1937 Film and Stage Actor. Considered a legend of the theater and of Italian cinema. He began working in theater at the age of sixteen with the puppet theater, the Sicilian traditional theater. In 1884 was hired by the marionettes company of Michele Insanguine. In 1889, he came into contact with the world of variety theater and worked in several Sicilian theaters until 1899, when he joined the theater company of Giovanni Grasso who played mainly in dialect. In 1902, he started his collaboration with...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Cimitero Monumentale di Catania, Catania, Provincia di Catania, Sicilia, Italy
of Corleone, Saint. Leolucas Roman Catholic Saint. He was born into a wealthy family around 815 AD and was orphaned early. Giving away his great wealth he became a monk. Leolucas later went on a pilgrimage to Rome and came back to become the Abbot of Corleone. He died around 915 AD after spending 80 years as a priest. His Feast Day is March 1st and he is the Patron of Corleone. He is believed to have intervened in time of plague and war to protect the town. (Bio by: girlofcelje (inactive)) San Leoluca Church, Corleone, Provincia di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy
Pirandello, Luigi b. June 28, 1867 d. December 10, 1936 Italian dramatist, novelist and short story-writer. His works, which deal with the themes of illusion and reality, and the tragicomic absurdity of life, include the plays 'Six Characters In Search Of An Author' (1921) and 'Henry IV' (1922), and the novel 'The Late Mattia Pascal' (1904). Nobel Prize for literature 1934. Pirandello Birthplace, Agrigento, Provincia di Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy
Ruffini, Cardinal. Ernesto b. January 19, 1888 d. June 11, 1967 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of San Benedetto Po, Ernesto Ruffini entered seminary at the early age of ten in Mantua, where he was ordained priest by the local bishop in July 1910. Pursuing his studies in Rome and Jerusalem as a student of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, he earned a diploma in Biblical Science and two licentiates in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Northern Italy and from the Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Longtime...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Chiesa della Madonna dei Rimedi, Palermo, Provincia di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Left Side Of The Madonna Altar.
Schiavelli, Vincent Andrew b. November 10, 1948 d. December 26, 2005 Actor. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied acting through the Theater Program at New York University, and began working on the stage in the 1960s. His first film appearance came in 1971, in Milos Forman's "Taking Off." His aptitude and distinctive appearance soon gave him a steady career in supporting roles, particularly in many of Forman's projects. His first television work came in 1972, as a minor character in "The Corner Bar," the first sustained portrayal of a gay character on...[Read More] (Bio by: Warrick L. Barrett) Polizzi Generosa Cemetery, Polizzi Generosa, Provincia di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy