Some of the most well-known and notorious gangsters of the 1940s included Al Capone, Frank Costello, Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel and Tony Accardo. These men did their dirty work mostly in Chicago.Continue Reading
One notorious gangster of the era was Frank Costello. He was named the acting boss of the Luciano crime family in 1936 after Lucky Luciano was sent to prison. Throughout the early 1940s, Costello prospered as the head of the family, earning himself the nickname "Prime Minister of the Underworld." Another one of the most well-known gangsters of the era was Meyer Lansky, infamous for his gambling empire and role in creating the National Syndicate. Lansky was reportedly behind the murder of yet another famous gangster of the '30s and '40s, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. Bugsy was in charge of constructing the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, but was killed at his home in Beverly Hills in 1947.
Undoubtedly the most famous mobster was Al Capone, whose illegal activities such as bootlegging, prostitution, loan sharking and numbers, earned him the nickname "King of the Underworld." Tony Accardo, one of the shrewdest crime figures of the 1940s, was appointed as an underboss for the Chicago-based Capone crime family in 1943, and helped move the family business away from the more violent methods of income, instead relying on slot machines, counterfeit cigarettes and narcotics trafficking to fund the empire. This move kept the Capone family incredibly profitable and relatively safe from prosecution for years. Accardo was one of the few mobsters who died later in life of natural causes, finally succumbing to heart and lung disease on May 27, 1992.Learn more about US History
Female fashions in the 1940s were influenced by World War II, and tailored suits, squared shoulders and mid-length skirts with narrow hips were fashionable. Clothing was utilitarian, with few frills or embellishments.Full Answer >
Some classic country songs from the 1940s include "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" by Bill Monroe and "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" by Tex Williams. A few other hits were "Slippin' Around" by Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely, and "Pistol Packin' Mama" by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.Full Answer >
Women in the 1940s often wore hairstyles such as the pompadour, the victory roll, or the peek-a-boo bang, while men's hair was typically slicked back or with a side part. Hair accessories used by women in the 1940s included hair grips for holding rolls in place, slides for keeping hair off to the side and ribbons for adding decorative flair to the back area of the hair.Full Answer >
Planning a 1940s party requires establishing a theme, and one such theme is a Hollywood theme. My Party Planner recommends sending Hollywood-themed invitations asking party-goers to wear a costume related to their favorite Hollywood stars from that decade, such as Humphrey Bogart or Joan Crawford.Full Answer >