Giuseppe Zangara Biography
Birthday: September 7, 1900 (Virgo)
Born In: Ferruzzano, Italy
Giuseppe "Joe" Zangara was a convicted murderer who was executed for assassinating Anton Cermak, the Mayor of Chicago. However, his real target was then-President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt. A native of the Italian region of Calabria, Zangara came to the United States in 1923, and obtained naturalized citizenship in 1929. His education was meagre, and he worked as a bricklayer. For most of his life, he suffered excruciating pain in the abdomen, which later turned out to be caused by adhesions in his gallbladder. On 15 February 1933, Zangara was doing occasional odd jobs in Miami, Florida, where Roosevelt was delivering an impromptu speech from the back of an open car in the Bayfront Park area. Zangara, a man of short height, stood on a wobbly chair and fired his .32-caliber US Revolver Company pistol. When the people surrounding him attempted to grab him, he shot four more bullets wildly. Five people, including Cermak, were hit, but Roosevelt escaped unscathed. Cermak passed away 19 days later, and Zangara was tried and convicted for first-degree murder. His execution was carried out in March 1933.