31 Days of Italians
Oct. 1: The Italian Immigrant
A day to honor every Italian who journeyed to America from Italy.
Oct. 2: Amadeo Pietro Giannini
Established the branch banking system in America.
Oct. 3: Guglielmo Marconi
Known as the Father of Radio for his experiments with long distance wireless transmissions.
Oct. 4: Filippo Mazzei
Supporter of American freedom during American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson’s inclusion of “all men are created equal” into the Declaration of Independence is a paraphrase of Mazzei’s “All men are by nature equally free and independent.”
Oct. 5: Antonio Meucci
Original holder of the patent for the forerunner of today’s telephone.
Oct. 6: Joe DiMaggio
“The Yankee Clipper” led the NY Yankees to nine World Championships.
Oct. 7: Mario Lanza
Renowned tenor and film star in the mid-1950s.
Oct. 8: Helen Barolini
Award winning author of more than 50 literary works.
Oct. 9: Father Pietro Bandini
Missionary for Native Americans. In 1898 established Tontitown, “a perfect example of colonization," in Arkansas.
Oct. 10: Enrico Fermi
Discovered radioactive elements that heralded the nuclear age.
Oct. 11: Antonio Pasin
Created Radio Flyer wagon.
Navigator that changed the world, opening trade routes and immigration from Europe to the Americas.
Oct. 13: Maria Montessori, M.D
Developed an educational method for teaching children.
Oct. 14: Henry Mancini
Awarded 20 Grammys and 4 Oscars for his film and television scores.
Oct. 15: John Ciardi
Poet laureate, etymologist, English professor, and radio host.
Oct. 16: Vince Lombardi
Oct. 17: Mother Francis Xavier Cabrini
First American citizen to become a saint.
Oct. 18: Enrico Caruso
World’s most acclaimed tenor in the early 1900s.
Oct. 19: Yogi Berra
Baseball player, manager, and famous for his quotes, known as "yogi-isms."
Oct. 20: Frank Capra
Acclaimed 20th Century film director, best known for It’s a Wonderful Life.
Oct. 21: Arturo Toscanini
One of the world’s greatest orchestra conductors.
Oct. 22: Giovanni da Verrazzano
First European explorer to enter the harbor of New York.
Oct. 23: Pietro di Donato
Author of the Italian American classic Christ in Concrete.
Oct. 24: Fiorello La Guardia
First three-term Mayor of New York City, and credited for changing its landscape and building the foundation for the city’s growth after the Depression.
Oct. 25: Amerigo Vespucci
Namesake of America.
Oct. 26: Geraldine Ferraro
First woman to be nominated on a major party ticket as Vice President of the United States.
Oct. 27: Constantino Brumidi
Known as the “Michelangelo of the (U.S.) Capitol.”
Oct. 28: Daniela Gioseffi
Award winning poet, writer, lecturer, and educator.
Oct. 29: Frank Sinatra
International entertainment icon.
Oct. 30: Andrea Palladio
"Father of Architecture," wrote The Four Books on Architecture, the most famous and influential books on architecture of all time, and still in print.
Oct. 31: Your Favorite Italian
Celebrate someone not on the list, but greatly admired.
Author, educator, and researcher Janice Therese Mancuso established Thirty-One Days of Italians to promote the significant contributions that those of Italian heritage have made to America. She was awarded a grant from the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), and has received support from the Italian Historical Society of America and others in the Italian American community.