Lucky Luciano

Born Nov 24, 1897

Salvatore Lucania, better known as Charles "Lucky" Luciano, was an Italian-born, naturalized American mobster born in Sicily. Luciano is considered the father of modern organized crime in the United States for splitting New York City into five different Mafia crime families and the establishment of the first Commission. He was the first official boss of the modern Genovese crime family.… Read More

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1897 Birth Born on November 24, 1897.
1907 9 Years Old In 1907, when Luciano was nine years old, the family immigrated to the United States. … Read More


1916 18 Years Old …  From 1916 to 1936, Luciano was arrested 25 times on charges including assault, illegal gambling, blackmail and robbery, but spent no time in prison. … Read More


1920 22 Years Old By 1920, Luciano had met many future Mafia leaders, including Vito Genovese and Frank Costello, his longtime friend and future business partner through the Five Points Gang. … Read More
1923 25 Years Old Rothstein served as a mentor for Luciano; among other things, Rothstein taught him how to move in high society. In 1923, after a botched drug deal damaged Luciano's criminal reputation, he bought 200 expensive seats to the Jack Dempsey–Luis Firpo boxing match in the Bronx and distributed them to top gangsters and politicians. … Read More
1925 27 Years Old By 1925, Luciano was grossing over $12 million a year. … Read More


1929 31 Years Old In October 1929, Luciano was forced into a limousine at gun point by three men, beaten and stabbed, and dumped on a beach on Staten Island. … Read More
In early 1931, Luciano decided to eliminate Masseria. … Read More
1935 37 Years Old 1 More Event
The Commission's first test came in 1935, when it ordered gang boss Dutch Schultz to drop his plans to murder Special Prosecutor Thomas Dewey. … Read More
In late March 1936, Luciano received a tip that he was going to be arrested and fled to Hot Springs, Arkansas.


1938 40 Years Old Luciano's legal appeals continued until October 10, 1938, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review his case. At this point, Luciano stepped down as family boss, and Costello formally replaced him. During World War II, the U.S. government struck a secret deal with the imprisoned Luciano. In 1942, the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence was concerned about German and Italian agents entering the United States through the New York waterfront. … Read More
1943 45 Years Old In preparation for the 1943 allied invasion of Sicily, Luciano allegedly provided the U.S. military with Sicilian Mafia contacts.
On January 3, 1946, as a presumed reward for his alleged wartime cooperation, now Governor Thomas E. Dewey reluctantly commuted Luciano's pandering sentence on condition that he did not resist deportation to Italy. … Read More
1947 49 Years Old 1 More Event
The value of Luciano's contribution to the war effort is highly debated. In 1947, the naval officer in charge of Operation Underworld discounted the value of Luciano's wartime aid. … Read More


1949 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In early July 1949, police in Rome arrested Luciano on suspicion of involvement in the shipping of narcotics to New York. … Read More
1951 - 1952 2 More Events
1954 56 Years Old On November 19, 1954, an Italian judicial commission in Naples applied strict limits on Luciano for two years.
By 1957, Genovese felt strong enough to move against Luciano and his acting boss in New York, Frank Costello. … Read More


1962 64 Years Old On January 26, 1962, Luciano died of a heart attack at Naples International Airport. … Read More
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