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Constantino Brumidi

October 2016 |
Constantino Brumidi the “Michelangelo of the Capitol” was dedicated to “making beautiful the Capitol of the one country where there is liberty.” He started with his classical and allegorical murals in a test-run in 1855...

Garry Marshall

September 2016 |
Garry Marshall, regista, produttore e sceneggiatore di origine italo americana, si è spento ad 81 anni in California in seguito a complicazioni successive a un infarto. Affermatosi negli anni ’70  per aver ideato alcune delle...

Auld Lang Syne & “The Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven”

August 2016 |
He was known as Mr. New Year’s Eve. To his critics, the violin-playing band leader, Guy Lombardo, was derided as the “King of Corn,” “Schmaltz King” and “Gooey Lumbago.” Yet, for generations, everyone came...

Basil M. Russo

June 2016 |
The National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) Board of Directors unanimously elected ISDA National President, Basil M. Russo, to its Board on April 29th at its meeting held in NYC. NIAF President and COO, John Viola, stated “I know...

The first Italian American Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

April 2016 |
Improvvisa morte del giudice costituzionale Antonin Scalia, il più conservatore della Corte suprema e membro influente del massimo organo giurisdizionale americano. 79 anni, di origini italiane, è deceduto per cause naturali dopo un...

Valentino

May 2016 |
On August 24, 1926, an estimated 100,000 people lined the streets of NYC to pay their respects at the funeral of Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguolla or, as he was professionally known, Rudolph Valentino,...

Maria Francesca Cabrini

December 2015 |
Richard A. Capozzola's chronology of Italian American events tells of a time on July 15, 1850, in northern Italy, when a swarm of white doves settled in the wheat fields of the Cabrini family. Agostino Cabrini caught one and then set it free. At...

Wounded Warrior James Alunni

November 2015 |
The Iraq War has claimed numerous American lives. Casualties total over 4,400 and more than 32,000 have been wounded in action. This is the story of one wounded warrior, James Alunni, of Chagrin Falls. Now a Chagrin Falls firefighter, James was...

"Oh Say Can You See:" Rocco Scotti, Son of Immigrants

October 2015 |
Poet Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the song eyeballing the British bombardment of Ft. McHenry in Chesapeake Bay. The music and lyrics became so popular it was renamed "The Star Spangled Banner." It became the national anthem when President...
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