On this day, Feb. 14, in 1929, Al Capone tried to strike a decisive blow against Chicago gangland rival Bugs Moran in what became known as the St. Valentines Day massacre.
Capone’s mobsters, disguised as police officers, entered one of Moran’s garages, lined seven henchmen against a wall, and gunned them down. Moran was late for the pre-arranged meeting at the garage and was not injured.
It was the most infamous of all gangland slayings in America. But the brutality of the massacre marked the end of Capone’s days in Chicago, even hough Capone was in Miami at the time of the killings.
The cold-blooded carnage angered the public and attracted the spotlight of the federal government to Capone. In 1931, Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and imprisoned for 11 years.
Capone died in his home in Palm Island, Fla. on Jan. 25, 1947.