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Infamous Mobsters

Bootleggers, smugglers, drug dealers, hit men—all these occupations are the provenance of mobsters, who operate in ethnic, family and business networks.


Marilyn Monroe

Actress Marilyn Monroe overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the world's biggest and most enduring sex symbols. She died of a drug overdose in 1962.
  • Film Actress,
  • Pin-up
  • (1926–1962)

Alex Haley

Widely known for the book and miniseries 'Roots' as well as 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X,' Alex Haley was a U.S. writer whose works of historical fiction and reportage depicted generations of African-American lives.
  • Author,
  • Journalist
  • (1921–1992)

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy, the 35th U.S. president, negotiated the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and initiated the Alliance for Progress. He was assassinated in 1963.
  • Civil Rights Activist,
  • U.S. Representative,
  • U.S. President
  • (1917–1963)

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. He preserved the Union during the U.S. Civil War and brought about the emancipation of slaves.
  • U.S. Representative,
  • U.S. President,
  • Lawyer
  • (1809–1865)

Cleopatra VII

As queen of ancient Egypt, Cleopatra is one of the most famous female rulers in history. The stories surrounding Cleopatra's tragic life inspired a Shakespeare play.
  • Queen
  • (c. 69 BCE–c. 30 BCE)

Wolfgang Mozart

A prolific artist, Austrian composer Wolfgang Mozart created a string of operas, concertos, symphonies and sonatas that profoundly shaped classical music.
  • Pianist,
  • Composer
  • (1756–1791)

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