The Tuskegee Airmen are activated, Elvis buys Graceland, Bob Dylan releases his debut album, Texas Western makes college basketball history, and the invasion of Iraq begins, all on this day.
1943: Italian-American gangster Frank Nitti, one of Al Capone's top henchmen who took over Capone's Chicago crime syndicate after Capone was sent to prison in 1932 for income-tax evasion, dies from self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head on an Illinois Central railroad branch line in North Riverside, Illinois. Nitti was scheduled to go before a grand jury on extortion charges the next day.
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