January 8 - The Cuban government places certain gambling operations under the control of future Cuban President Col. Fulgencio Batista. Batista then allows New York mobster Meyer Lansky and his associates to open the first syndicate casinos in Havana.
February 22 - Newark,New Jersey mobster Gaspare D'Amico is severely wounded in a failed murder attempt (reportedly ordered by Profaci crime family leader Joseph Profaci). D'Amico eventually flees the country and his organization is taken over by Stefano Bedami (DeCavalcante),now answering to the Five Families of New York (Commission).
October 5 - Nicola Gentile, a high-ranking member of crime families in Kansas City, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and New York, is arrested in New Orleans for drug trafficking. Following his release on bail, Gentile flees to Sicily in 1939.
Vincent DiNapoli "Vinnie", Genovese crime family lieutenant involved in construction and labor union racketeering.
John Matarazzo, Genovese crime family member.
May 11 - Ferdinand Boccia "The Shadow", New York mobster and gambler.