Mickey Cohen

Born Sep 4, 1913

Meyer Harris "Mickey" Cohen was a gangster based in Los Angeles and part of the Jewish Mafia, and also had strong ties to the American Mafia from the 1930s through 1960s.

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1913 Birth Mickey Cohen was born on September 4, 1913, into an Orthodox Jewish family living in the Jewish Brownsville section of Brooklyn.
1914 Birth His mother Fanny, who had become widowed in September 1914, had emigrated from Kiev, Ukraine. … Read More


1930 16 Years Old His first professional boxing match was on April 8, 1930, against Patsy Farr in Cleveland. … Read More
1931 17 Years Old On June 12, 1931, Cohen fought and lost a match against World Featherweight Champion Tommy Paul, having been knocked out cold after 2:20 into the first round. … Read More
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On April 11, 1933, Cohen fought against Chalky Wright in Los Angeles. … Read More


1939 25 Years Old In 1939, Cohen arrived in Los Angeles to work under "Bugsy" Siegel. … Read More


1947 33 Years Old In 1947, the crime families ordered the murder of Siegel due to his mismanagement of the Flamingo Hotel, most likely because Siegel or his girlfriend Virginia Hill were skimming money. … Read More
1950 36 Years Old In 1950, Cohen was investigated along with numerous other underworld figures by a U.S. Senate committee known as the Kefauver Commission.
1951 37 Years Old As a result of this investigation, Cohen was convicted of tax evasion in June 1951 and sentenced to prison for four years.


1955 41 Years Old When he was released in October 1955, he became an international celebrity. … Read More
1957 43 Years Old In 1957, TIME magazine wrote a brief article about Cohen's meeting with Billy Graham. … Read More
1961 47 Years Old In 1961, Cohen was again convicted of tax evasion and sent to Alcatraz. … Read More


1972 58 Years Old In 1972, Cohen was released from the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, where he had spoken out against prison abuse. … Read More


1976 63 Years Old Cohen, who was 62, died in his sleep in 1976 and is interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.
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