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Thursday
Apr112013

CHARLES ATLAS

Angelo Siciliano, better known as “Charles Atlas”, was an Italian-American bodybuilder and entrepreneur who is considered a founding father of modern-day body-building and fitness. Born in Acriin the Calabria region, in 1892, ‘Angelino’ emigrated to the United States in 1904, at age 11, probably with his mother Teresa. His father, Santo, was a farmer and he came to the US six years before, in 1898, to join his brother Gennaro who (more)

Wednesday
Apr102013

SILVIA MANNARELLI - EUROPE

The second young photographer we are featuring is Silvia Mannarelli. Born in Rome in 1986, Silvia has visited 5 Continents, photographing everything that caught her eye. Her dream is to become a photo-journalist and live in New York. See: Silvia's Photos, Early Spring Shopping in Campo de' Fiori, and Silvia's Rome.

Wednesday
Apr102013

CIOCCOLATA CALDA

by Caroline Chirichella - Ahhhh, breakfast in Italy. That lovely time when you wake up, pop out of bed and you’re excited for another day of sight-seeing and delicious food. You get ready and go out for that much needed cappuccino (or Cioccolata Calda). I was in Rome and Florence over this past winter and it was cold, (more

Monday
Apr082013

FRANCIS VIGO

Giuseppe Maria Francesco Vigo, known as Francis Vigo, was an Italian-American patriot who aided the American forces during the Revolutionary War, and helped found a public university inVincennes, Indiana. He was born on December 3, 1747 in Mondovì, in the (more)

Sunday
Apr072013


APRIL 7, 1906 - ERUPTION OF MOUNT VESUVIUS

Naples, April 9, 1906 - Reports of fatalities consequent the eruption of Mount Vesuvius are coming in. Probably five hundred lives were lost. It is said that more than 200 perished in San Giuseppe Vesuviano, while from the ruins of a church which collapsed, owing to the weight of ashes, forty-nine bodies were extricated. (more)

Saturday
Apr062013

APRIL 6, 2009: EARTHQUAKE IN L’AQUILA

At 3:32 local time, when everybody was asleep, a shock rated 5.8 on the Richter scale - 6.3 on the moment magnitude scale - destroyed L'Aquila, the quaint capital of the Abruzzo region, and many of the surrounding villages. It was preceeded by several foreshocks and many aftershocks. 309 people are known to have died, 1,600 were injured, 65,000 became homeless. 

Friday
Apr052013

MICHELE RUSSO

August 29, 1983 -  I was born in 1909, April the 30, the exact date. In WaterburyConnecticut. It was a manufacturing community largely made up of immigrant groups-- a large Italian and Irish population and also other ethnic groups.

JANE VAN CLEVE: Were your parents immigrants? (more)

Friday
Apr052013

CARBONARA

CarbonaraPasta Cacio e Uova, have one thing in common: a sauce of whisked fresh eggs and grated cheese. It may sound gross but it is delicious, and Carbonara is the queen of pastas in Rome. Most important, it is the (more

Friday
Apr052013

ITALIAN FEED

By Mari Tomasi, September 21, 1940 - The woman was sitting at the kitchen table feeding small pieces of meat, onion, garlic and spinach to a food grinder. She was well over fifty. As she spoke and worked, her long gold earrings bobbed and swung. "I'm getting a dinner ready for a party of twelve people. All from Montpelier. Not Italians. Italians know (more)

Wednesday
Apr032013


YOGI BERRA

"Baseball," I said. "Baseball is what I want." Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, winner of 10 world championships (most in baseball history), was born on May 12, 1925 in St. LouisMissouri. His home was across the street from catcher Joe (more)

Tuesday
Apr022013

INTERBREEDING IN LATE ITALIAN NEANDERTHALS?

One of the most frequently debated questions in paleoanthropology concerns the arrival in Europe of our species, Homo Sapiensanatomically modern humans (AMHs), and the fate of the humans who lived in this territory prior to their arrival, the Neanderthals. For many decades there were two different responses to this question: according (more)

Monday
Apr012013

PASQUETTA, EASTER MONDAY

Easter Monday, Pasquetta (little Easter) or Lunedì dell’Angelo (Monday of the Angel) in Italian, is part of the Easter holiday celebrations. It is a national holiday, the perfect time to take a short trip to the beach or to the countryside with friends or family to enjoy the beginning of Spring, and to finish eating the Easter leftovers. “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi” (Christmas with your family...  more)

Friday
Mar292013

GORGEOUS ITALIAN EASTER SWEETS

The Sun, April 22, 1906 - Easter cakes and sweetmeats cost the Italian colony of New York thousands of dollars and untold indigestion. Not even the bakers and pastry cooks of the Gorman quarter, with their fifty kinds of sweetcake and their monstrous rabbits in gingerbread and white sugar, made such a display as (more

Friday
Mar292013

GOOD FRIDAY

Good Friday commemorates the passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Calvary, a hill resembling a skullcap located very close to Jerusalem. In Italy, small and large processions take place inside or outside churches. Most of them represent the Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis): Christ carrying the Cross to his crucifixion in the final hours. Almost all Roman Catholic churches have small plaques with reliefs or paintings representing the Stations. In Rome, the Pope, personally or (more)

Thursday
Mar282013

VINCENZO RODI

Vincenzo Rodi is a photographer and video artist born in SorgonoSardinia. He has worked for many years as a photo-jounalist for local television stations. He also wrote, directed and produced short films, music videos and documentaries.

Thursday
Mar282013

PETER BUSA

PETER BUSA: Well, my early background was in PittsburghPennsylvania. I come from a long family of artisans and artists. I think there's been an artist in my family as far back as we can trace. The family is of Sicilian origin. My father was an Italian craftsman who was specialist with religious murals, and he did commercial murals for (more)

Thursday
Mar282013

RARE ITALIAN STRINGED INSTRUMENTS

until June 30, 2013 - Metropolitan Museum Of Art -New York

A spectacular musical instrument collection assembled by Sau-Wing Lam (1923-1988) is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is the first time that works from the renowned Lam Collection will be on public display in the (more)

Wednesday
Mar272013

IRISH ATTACK ITALIANS AND ITALIANS GET ARRESTED

New-York Daily Tribune, Monday, April 26, 1909 - About fifty Irishmen and Italians tried to exterminate each other in a race riot at Tenth Avenue and 32d street last night, and not until an Italian saloon and an Italian grocery store had been wrecked (more)

Tuesday
Mar262013

LEWIS “Buttercup Dickerson” PESSANO 

Lewis Pessano was the first Italian-American to play in the major leagues. Known as “Buttercup Dickerson”, he led the National League in triples with 14 in 1879, and in 1881 he was the fifth person in the League to have six hits at six at-bats. He retired with a lifetime batting average .284. Born on October 11, 1858 in Tyaskin, Maryland, 5’6″ and 140 pounds, Pessano played seven years in the majors, making his debut in 1878 as the starting outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds. (more)

Monday
Mar252013

TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST FACTORY FIRE: ANNA GULLO’S TESTIMONY

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City on March 25, 1911caused the deaths of 146 garment workers, mostly Jewish and Italian immigrant women aged sixteen to twenty-three. The oldest victim wasProvidenza Panno at 43, and the youngest were 14-year-olds Kate Leone and"Sara" Rosaria Maltese. Here is Anna Gullo’s testimony, one of the survivors, from the trial’s transcripts. (more)