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August 22, 1934: Al Capone Arrives on Alactraz Island

On this day in 1934, celebrity gangster Al Capone arrived on Alcatraz Island, after being transferred from Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in Georgia. 

Was Al Capone the quintessential self-made American man, a ruthless killer or both? His name sparks images of pin-stripe suits and bloody violence, but why do Americans continue to be fascinated by this man? Al Capone: Icon examines Capone’s lasting legacy to determine why – watch the full episode here

Photo: Al Capone (front and center) being escorted to the train in Chicago that would take him to U. S. Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta. 

Al Capone died of syphilis in prison.


July 3, 1930: The Veterans Administration is Created

On this day in 1930, Congress passed a bill that created the Veterans Administration, authorizing the president to “consolidate and coordinate Government activities affecting war veterans.” The bill known as Executive Order 5398 was later signed into law by President Herbert Hoover on July 21, 1930. Since its creation, the VA has been responsible for providing federal benefits to veterans and their dependents.

For more veteran resources and information, visit PBS Stories of Service.

Photo: President Herbert Hoover, General Hines and staff, following the signing of Executive Order creating the Veterans Administration July 21, 1930 (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs).

Thank you, President Hoover, for beginning the Veteran’s Administration.

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