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On this day: March 19

Published On: Mar 14 2013 01:49:34 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 19 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Tuskegee Airmen are activated, Elvis buys Graceland, Bob Dylan releases his debut album, Texas Western makes college basketball history, and the invasion of Iraq begins, all on this day.

OTD March 19 - Frank Nitti
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1943: Italian-American gangster Frank Nitti, one of Al Capone's top henchmen who took over Capone's Chicago crime syndicate after Capone was sent to prison in 1932 for income-tax evasion, dies from self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head on an Illinois Central railroad branch line in North Riverside, Ill. Nitti was scheduled to go before a grand jury on extortion charges the next day.

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