Remember Remember the 5th of November…

It’s the 5th of November…Guy Fawkes Day… Did you know that George Washington condemned the celebration of Guy Fawkes Day, otherwise known at the time as “Pope Day”? The colonies were in need of the support of Canadian, French Catholics and, needless to say, his soldiers burning the Pope in effigy was not ideal in winning the Canadians’ trust.  Before the American colonies found another enemy to distrust (namely the British), many colonists were staunchly anti-Catholic. The prejudices against Catholics in the new colonies were carried over from Europe. Guy Fawkes and his Catholic conspirators’ attempt to blow up the English King James and his new Parliament (and replace him with his Catholic daughter) did not go over well in London. In Boston, before...

Al Capone Went to Prison Today…

Al Capone Went to Prison Today…

Did you know that today is the day that Al Capone went to prison? On this day in 1931, Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion and fined $80,000. It was the beginning of the end for the most notorious criminals of the Prohibition era. “Scarface” was given control of the Chicago crime syndicate in 1925, when the crime boss Johnny Torrio retired. Capone’s wealth grew enormously during Prohibition. The smuggling of illegal hooch into Chicago was very lucrative and by 1930, he was at the top of the FBI’s wanted list. I always find it ironic that Al Capone was arrested and charged with tax evasion when the government was fully aware that they had lost the equivalent of 50% of their own tax income by imposing Prohibition on the country. The...