MOB BOSS CONVICTED
On July 25, 1997: Mob boss Vincent “The Chin” Gigante was convicted of racketeering and two murder conspiracies. Gigante, the head of the Genovese Crime Family, had been involved with the Mafia since the age of 17, eventually rising to the highest post of capo di tutti capi, “the boss of all bosses.” The July trial had been seven years long as Gigante allegedly suffered from mental illness which made him unfit to stand trial. In the end, he was found fit to stand trial and was sentenced to twelve years in jail.
THE GOLDEN GIRL
On July 25, 1923: Estelle Getty was born in New York City. After starting her career as a comedian in the borscht belt, Getty became widely recognized for her role as Sophia Petrillo on the television sitcom The Golden Girls. She was nominated for numerous Golden Globe and Emmy Awards throughout her career. Getty passed away in 2008 at age 84.
TOKENS DEBUTED ON THE SUBWAY
On July 25, 1953: Subway tokens debuted in the transit system. The tokens were thought up as a solution to the problem that turnstiles were only designed to accept one coin as payment, which hadn’t been an issue when the fare was five or ten cents. When the fare rose to fifteen cents earlier in 1953, the MTA introduced the token rather than redesign the turnstiles across the transit system.