On this day, Feb. 14, in 1929, Al Capone tried to strike a decisive blow against Chicago gangland rival George "Bugs" Moran in what became known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
Mobsters disguised as police officers entered one of Moran's garages, lined seven henchmen up against a wall and gunned them down.
The cold-blooded carnage left the public outraged and attracted the spotlight of the federal government to Capone and his criminal activities. In 1931, Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and imprisoned for 11 years.
The site of the warehouse, razed in 1967, continues to draw tourists from around the world.
- Scott McCabe