Profile America — Tuesday, April 19th. The free-wheeling era of Prohibition in 1920s Chicago has come to be represented by two men. One of them is gangster Al Capone — the other is federal agent Eliot Ness, born on this day in 1903. Ness headed up a unit which hounded Capone's illegal alcohol business. Because they refused bribes, members of the unit became known as "The Untouchables." Capone eventually was jailed on tax evasion charges and Ness went on to be safety director for the city of Cleveland. His memoirs, titled "The Untouchables," sparked a long-running television series and a motion picture. Today, there are nearly 1.2 million police across the U.S., a million of them at the state and local level. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 228
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 460
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