Celebrate your Italian heritage with “Thirty-one Days of Italians”
Each year since 2007, “Thirty-one Days of Italians” has provided a list of accomplished Italians and Italians to be honored for each day of October, Italian-American Heritage Month. On the website, thirtyonedaysofitalians.com, more than 70 extraordinary people of Italian descent are recognized for their significant contributions to America, with a condensed biography and links to selected resources provided for each person.
Fifteen are honorary members, on the list each year. Undeniably, every person on the list is remarkable, but the contributions of Honorary Members are deeply rooted in America’s growth and culture: from becoming our country’s namesake to forming the basis of the States’ Declaration of Independence. -United ; from the revolution of the banking system to the advancement of technologies in science and communications; for their sincere compassion in helping immigrants; to be part of American society in art, architecture, education, recreation and music; and – of course – for the man who connected an uncharted land to Europe.
In alphabetical order, they are Father Pietro Bandini, Constantino Brumidi, Mother Francis Cabrini, Enrico Caruso, Christophe Colomb, Enrico Fermi, Amadeo Pietro Giannini, Guglielmo Marconi, Filippo Mazzei, Antonio Meucci, Maria Montessori, Andrea Palladio, Antonio Pasin , Arturo Toscanini, and Amerigo Vespucci.
The greatest honor, however, goes to Italian immigrants. Our ancestors who had the courage to leave their beautiful country and travel to a land that not only offered them hope, but also allowed them to pass on the legacy of opportunity to their descendants. The first day of October is reserved in their honor, because without their trips to America, where would we be?
The last day of October has many connotations, so it’s an appropriate day to honor anyone of Italian descent. Maybe a family member or a whole family, a friend or friends, or your personal superstar.
With only 14 days remaining, the other notables of Italian heritage are rotated each year, giving everyone on “Thirty-one Days of Italians” a chance to have their day – even if only once every. every four to five years. This year’s list includes a hero from the War of Independence; a Jesuit missionary who could soon be canonized a saint; a former soldier who partnered with La Salle to explore the Mississippi River and claim Louisiana territory for King Louis XIV; and a cowboy who has become an undercover Pinkerton detective crossing paths with Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, Wyatt Earp and many other legendary figures of the Old West.
The list also includes mid-20th century pioneers who made an impact in medical research, fashion photography, rink coating, hang gliding, frozen food, and many other industries. The 2021-22 list includes (in alphabetical order) John Buscema, Eusebio Francesco Chini (Kino), Fred De Luca, Enrico de Tonti (Henri), Robert Charles Gallo, Jeno F. Paulucci, Leonard Riggio, Francis Rogallo, RA Salvatore, Giorgio Santelli, Francisco Scavullo, Charles Angelo Siringo, Giuseppe Maria Francesco Vigo and Frank Zamboni.
Spend time with these Italian-American icons. Read their biographies, check out the resources provided, and immerse yourself in their lives for an hour or two. Then share your knowledge with others. Education is the key to the preservation of Italian-American history, heritage and culture.
Check out the full calendar of names and learn more about them on the Italians’ thirty-one day 2021-22 roster.