AN ORIGINAL GANGSTER IS BORN
On January 17,1899: Al Capone was born in Brooklyn. Known for running large illegal operations during the Prohibition era out of Chicago, Capone has become one of the most recognized and fabled gangsters in American history. He, however, spent 11 years in Alcatraz Prison on the grounds of tax evasion.
On January 17, 1949: Actor and performance artist Andy Kaufman was born in New York City. Kaufman, best known for his portrayal of Latka Gravas on Taxi, passed away in 1984.
FORE! AT THE TAPLOW
On January 17, 1916: The Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA of America) was formed at a luncheon of prominent golfers hosted by Rodman Wanamaker at the Taplow Club in NYC. The PGA is only comprised of men whereas women golfers have their own separate organization.