When Italy Built An Entire Courthouse Just To Prosecute the Mafia

In 1987, the largest Mafia trial in history ended with guilty verdicts against 338 of 452 defendants accused of running a vast criminal empire financed largely through heroin trafficking to the United States. The Maxi Trial — as it became known — was viewed throughout Italy as a demonstration of the state’s willingness to strike back at a criminal organization that was steadily growing. The Government gambled by spending an estimated $90 million on the trial, including about $18 million to build the courtroom plus the cost of maintaining a small army of 3,500 policemen to protect the proceedings. In the end, the verdicts included 2,665 years of jail terms and nearly $10 million in fines.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

Fact of the Day

In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as “Citizen’s Holiday.”

Nature Oddities

When jaguars eat the leaves of the yaje plant, the are affected in much the same way as domesticated cats are affected by catnip.

Food and Drink

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. The product was first offered commercially in stores in 1956.
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