1897 - Born Francesco Rosario Capra on the 18th day of May this year in Bisacquino, Sicily, Italy.
1903 - His family moved to the United States of America.
1918 - Graduated from Throop Institute (later renamed the California Institute of Technology) with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering. He also joined the United States Army. While at the Presidio, he got Spanish influenza and was discharged on the 13th of December.
1920 - Became a naturalized citizen of the United States, registering his name as Frank Russell Capra.
1930 - Began his career in silent films; he also went to work for Mack Sennett and then moved to Columbia Pictures.
1934 - After the comedy "It Happened One Night", he directed a steady stream of films for Columbia intended to be inspirational and humanitarian.
1936 - He hosted the 8th Academy Awards ceremony.
1942 - Between this year and 1948, when he produced State of the Union, Capra also directed or co-directed eight war documentaries including Prelude to War, The Nazis Strike. His Academy Award-winning documentary series, Why We Fight, is widely considered a masterpiece of propaganda.
1946 - His movie "It's a Wonderful Life" is perhaps his most widely known and long-lasting film to date.
1961 - His final theatrical film was "Pocketful of Miracles", with Glenn Ford and Bette Davis. He had planned to do a science fiction film later in the decade but never even got around to pre-production.
1971 - Published his autobiography, The Name above the Title. Uncompromising in its details, it offers a compelling self-portrait.
1991 - He died in La Quinta, California of a heart attack in his sleep on 3rd of September at the age of 94.
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