October 27, 2011 would have been John Gotti's 71st birthday.
John Joseph Gotti, Jr (October 27, 1940 – June 10, 2002) was an American mobster who became the Boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City. Gotti grew up in poverty. He and his brothers turned to a life of crime at an early age. Operating out of the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens, Gotti quickly rose in prominence, becoming one of the crime family's biggest earners and a protege of Gambino family underboss Aniello Dellacroce.
John was just a poor Italian boy who made it in the world of racketeering! John could have gone to law school, graduated cum laude, served on the Law Journal, and even been awarded Order of the Coif. But he wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty. And thus, he made an invaluable contribution to the world of organized crime.
Gotti was buried next to his son Frank Gotti. Gotti's brother Peter Gotti was unable to attend the burial owing to his incarceration.