Salvatore Giuliano, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Salvatore Giuliano

Sicilian bandit

Date of Birth: 16-Nov-1922

Place of Birth: Montelepre, Sicily, Italy

Date of Death: 05-Jul-1950

Profession: criminal

Nationality: Italy

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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About Salvatore Giuliano

  • Salvatore Giuliano (Italian: [salva'to?re d?u'lja?no]; Sicilian: Turiddu or Sarvaturi Giulianu; 16 November 1922 – 5 July 1950) was a Sicilian bandit, who rose to prominence in the disorder which followed the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943.
  • In September of that year, Giuliano became an outlaw after shooting and killing a police officer who tried to arrest him for black-market food smuggling when 70% of Sicily's food supply was provided by the black market.
  • He maintained a band of subordinates for most of his career.
  • He was a flamboyant, high-profile criminal, attacking the police at least as often as they sought him.
  • In addition, he was a local power-broker in Sicilian politics between 1945 and 1948, including his role as a nominal colonel for the Movement for the Independence of Sicily.
  • He and his band were held legally responsible for the Portella della Ginestra massacre, though there is some doubt about their role in the numerous deaths which occurred. The widespread international press coverage he attracted made him an embarrassment to the Italian government, and throughout his banditry up to 2000 police and soldiers were deployed against him.
  • He was killed in 1950 amid convoluted circumstances.
  • The historian Eric Hobsbawm described him as the last of the "people's bandits" (à la Robin Hood) and the first to be covered in real time by modern mass media.

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