Born: January 17, 1899, Brooklyn, New York
Died: January 25, 1947 (age 48), Palm Island, Florida, (Miami
Gabriel "Al" Capone, commonly nicknamed Scarface, was
an American gangster who led a streaking crime syndicate dedicated to
smuggling and bootlegging of liquor and other illegal activities during
the Prohibition Era of the 1920s and 1930s.
What do you know about Al Capone? Try this quick quiz.
1. Al Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York to Gabriele and Teresina
Bobone. Gabriele was a barber from Castellammare di Stabia, a town about
15 miles south of Naples, Italy. What was Teresina occupation?
2. How old was Capone when he was expelled from Catholic School 133?
3. He then worked at odd jobs around Brooklyn, including in a candy
store and a bowling alley. During this time, Capone was influenced by a
gangster, whom he came to regard as a mentor figure. Who was the
4. He was employed as a bouncer in a Coney Island dance hall and
saloon racketeer Frankie Yale. It was in this field that Capone received
the scars that gave him the nickname "Scarface"; he
inadvertently insulted a woman while working the door at a Brooklyn
night club, provoking a fight with her brother Frank Gallucio. Capone's
face was slashed three times on the left side. Capone apologized to
Gallucio at Yale's request and would hire his attacker as a bodyguard in
later life. What was the saloon's name?
5. True or False? On December 30, 1918, Capone married Mae Josephine
Coughlin, an Irish woman. Earlier that month she had given birth to
their son, Albert Francis ("Sonny") Capone.
6. The date of Capone's departure from New York, with his family, to
Chicago is usually set around the year of 1921. Capone came at the
invitation of Torrio, who was seeking business opportunities in
bootlegging following the onset of prohibition. Torrio had acquired the
crime empire of James "Big Jim" Colosimo after the latter
refused to enter this new area of business and was subsequently
murdered. Who's business did Torrio grab?
7. Where did Capone put up roots in the Chicago area?
8. Capone (through his henchman Murray the Hump) orchestrated the
most notorious gangland killing of the century in 1929, in the Lincoln
Park neighborhood on Chicago's North Side. What did the event become
9. True or False: On January 21, 1947, Capone had an apoplectic
stroke. He regained consciousness and started to improve but contracted
pneumonia on January 24. This caused him to suffer a cardiac arrest the
next day (possibly associated with the complications of third-stage
neurosyphilis). He died the next day.
10. Al Capone was originally buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery,
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Where is Al Capone buried?