|1882 - Born, East 47th Street, New York City, son of Abraham
and Esther Rothstein (Jan. 17).
1899 - Leaves home; takes job as traveling hat and cap
1904 - Makes first trip to Saratoga Springs aboard Cavanagh
Special; strands Abe Attell.
1908 - Meets showgirl Carolyn Green at Hotel Cadillac (Sept.).
1909 - Marries Carolyn Green at Saratoga Springs; pawns
her jewelry (Aug. 12).
- Borrows $2,000 from father-in-law to open W. 46th Street
- Wins $4,000 against Jack Conaway at John McGraw's pool
hall on Herald Square (Nov. 18).
1910 - Charles G. Gates loses $40,000 in one night at
- Buys out West 46th Street gambling house partner,
Tammany ward leader Willie Shea.
1912 - Murder of gambler Herman Rosenthal at the Metropole
Hotel on W. 43rd Street (July 16).
- NYPD Lt. Charles Becker found guilty of ordering murder of
- Tammany leader Charles Francis Murphy increases
Rothstein's influence in politics.
1913 - Bankroll reaches $300,000; closes house on W. 46th
- Opens gambling house at Hewlitt, Long Island.
- Begins relationship with showgirl Bobbie Winthrop.
1914 - Begins laying off bets for fellow bookmakers.
- Moves into real estate, insurance.
- Lt. Charles Becker's conviction overturned (Feb. 24).
- Dago Frank Cirofici, Whitey Lewis (Jacob Seidenschner),
Lefty Louie (Louis Rosenberg), and Harry "Gyp the Blood"
Horowitz executed for murder of Herman Rosenthal (April 13).
- Becker again found guilty of ordering Rosenthal's murder
1915 - New York State Court of Appeals affirms Becker guilty
- Becker executed at Sing Sing for ordering murder of
1917 - Begins bankrolling Saratoga Springs gambling house
owner Harry Tobin.
- Robbed at Hotel St. Francis crap game (May 16).
- Arch Selwyn opens Selwyn Theatre at 229 W. 42nd Street;
bankrolled by A.R. (Oct. 2).
- Wins $300,000 on Hourless at Laurel (Oct. 18).
1919 - Opens The Brook in Saratoga Springs.
- Robbed of $11,000 in floating crap game (Jan.).
- Middleman for Charles A. Stoneham's purchase of New
York Giants (Jan. 19).
- Charged with assault after police raid crap game at 301 W.
57th St. (Jan. 19).
- Bankrolls first edition of George White's Scandals (June 2).
- Fixes 1919 World Series between Chicago White Sox and
1919-20 - Intervenes in garment industry labor disputes;
places Little Augie Orgen in charge.
1920 - Henchman Nicky Arnstein (husband of Fanny Brice) in
hiding for Wall Street Liberty Bond thefts (Feb-May).
- Furnishes bail for Arnstein; Monk Eastman steals Fanny
Brice's car, returns it on mention of Rothstein's name (May
- Subway Sam Rosoff loses $100,000 in one night at The
- Bankrolls Waxey Gordon's rum running operation.
- Begins work with Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano.
- Wins between $850,000 and $900,000 on Sailing B at
Saratoga (Aug. 27).
- Grand jury convenes in Chicago to investigate baseball
gambling (Sept. 7).
- Billy Maharg implicates Attell and Rothstein in Philadelphia
North American article (Sept. 27).
- Announces retirement from gambling (Oct. 1).
- Testifies before Chicago grand jury investigating World
Series fix (Oct. 26).
1921 - Black Sox confessions and waivers missing (Feb. 14).
- American League President Ban Johnson alleges Arnold
Rothstein told him Benny Kauff offered to help fix the 1919
World Series (Mar. 8).
- Ban Johnson charges Rothstein stole confessions from the
State's Attorney's office; Rothstein threatens to sue Johnson
for $100,000 (Mar. 14).
- Wins $850,000 on Sidereal at Aqueduct (July 4).
- Wins $500,000 on Sporting Blood in Travers Stakes
- Loses $270,000 on single race at Aqueduct (fall).
- Enters Bahamian rum running scheme with Dapper Dan
- Begins association with Frank Costello.
- With Gene McGee discovers "padlock" loophole in
1922 - Sells The Brook to Nat Evans (alternate date:1925).
- Pays income tax of $35.25 for 1921; declares gross income
of $31,544.48, net of $7,257.29 (Mar. 15).
- Helps finance Anne Nichols' Abie's Irish Rose (opens May
23 at New Victory Theatre).
- Fences $300,000 in jewels stolen from Mrs. Hugo A. C.
- Borrows $20,000 from Irving Berlin.
1923 - Showgirl Dot King found murdered in Rothstein-owned
apartment (Mar 15).
- William Randolph Hearst's New York American links
Rothstein to bucket shop scandals.
- Closes Long Beach gambling house.
- Collyer's Eye insinuates Rothstein might be involved with
Cincinnati Reds in throwing games (Aug. 18).
- Testifies before Referee in Bankruptcy re: E. M. Fuller & Co.
(June 25, Oct. 8).
- Jack Dempsey-Luis Firpo fight; A.R. helps Lucky Luciano
pick out a new wardrobe for the event (Sept. 14).
- Bankrolls swindler "Jake the Barber" Factor.
1924 - Indicted for concealing E. M. Fuller assets (April).
- Nicky Arnstein enters Leavenworth (May 16)
- Nott suspends sentencing for Fuller & McGee (July).
- Fallon acquitted of perjury (Aug. 8).
- Fallon defends Giants coach Cozy Dolan (Oct.-Nov.).
- Rothstein high agent in sales for Norwalk Insurance Co.
1925 - Bankrolls Jake Factor again.
- Sends Sid Stajer to Asia for drug buys in China, Formosa,
and Hong Kong.
- Wins $80,000 on suspicious Mickey Walker-Dave Shade
fight at Madison Square Garden.
- Mayor John F. "Red Mike" Hylan accuses A.R. of being a
"gambler" backing James J. Walker for mayor (Aug. 24).
- Tammany chief George Olvany denies knowing Arnold
1926 - Rothstein, Inc. employee Irving Sobel arrested on
charge of selling heroin.
- Mediates garment industry strike--allegedly influences
police on behalf of the Communist faction.
- Sends George Uffner to Asia for further drug
purchases--these will continue until after Rothstein's death.
- Gives power of attorney to both L. P. Mattingly and Rolland
Nutt to represent him when an additional tax assessment for
the years 1919, 1920, and 1921 was lodged against him
- Gambler George Formel charges A.R. had paid Saratoga
Co. D.A. Charles B. Andrus $60,000 in "protection" money.
- Presence ringside at first Jack Dempsey-Gene Tunney
heavyweight title fight causes controversy; wins $500,000
1927 - Carolyn Rothstein tells Rothstein she desires a divorce.
- Death of Bobbie Winthrop.
- Arnold Rothstein meets showgirl Inez Norton.
- Arnold Rothstein urges Little Augie Orgen to lay off
strongarm tactics in unions and opt for infiltration of their
- American Federation of Labor (AFL) accuses Arnold
Rothstein of "fixing the police in behalf of the Communists" in
recent furriers strike (June 11).
- Arnold Rothstein in virtual control of U.S. drug trade.
1928 - Bankrolls Fats Waller's Broadway review Keep
Shufflin' (opens Feb. 27)
- Belgian multi-millionaire Captain Alfred Loewenstein arrives
in New York City (Apr. 28).
- Loses $130,000 at Belmont Park (May 31).
- "Loans" $19,940 to City Magistrate Albert Vitale (June 17 or
- Death of Capt. Alfred Loewenstein (July 4).
- Loses $300,000 at poker game at Jimmy Meehan's
apartment, 161 W. 54th Street (Sept. 8-10).
- Shot in Room 349 at Park Central Hotel, 200 W. 56th Street
- Rothstein signs will prepared by attorney Maurice F. Cantor
- Arnold Rothstein dies at 10:15 AM at Polyclinic Hospital,
335-361 W. 50th Street (Nov. 5).
- Funeral at Riverside Memorial Chapel; Burial at Union Field
Cemetery, Queens (Nov. 7)
- Sidney Stajer and Jimmy Meehan testify before Rothstein
murder case grand jury (Nov. 28).
- In the Tombs Bridget Fahey and two others identify gambler
George McManus as being occupant of Room 349 (Nov. 28).
- District Attorney Joab Banton denies Arnold
Rothstein-Alfred Loewenstein link (Dec. 3).
- George McManus, Hyman "Gillie" Biller, John Doe, and
Richard Roe indicted for A.R.'s murder (Dec. 4).
1929 - Mayoral candidate Fiorello LaGuardia reveals 1928
A.R. loan to Vitale (Sept.).
- Judge Charles C. Nott refuses to try McManus until after
election (Oct. 10).
- James J. Walker defeats Fiorello LaGuardia 865,000 to
368,000; Thomas C. T. Crain elected District Attorney (Nov.).
- George McManus' trial postponed because of illness of
witness (Nov. 12).
- McManus trial begins (Nov. 18).
- Judge Nott directs acquittal of George McManus (Dec. 5).
- Judge Albert Vitale robbed at Tepecano Democratic Club
1930-Judge Nott quashes charges against Biller (Jan. 16).
- Inez Norton returns from Florida, announces she will play on
Broadway in a play based on Rothstein (Feb. 1).
- Grand jury issues report on NYC federal narcotics office
- Judge Albert Vitale removed from office over Rothstein loan
- Inez Norton opens in Room 349 at the National Theater
- Judge Albert Vitale honored by the Federation of
Italian-American Democratic Clubs; gunmen burst in and rob
guests (June 8).
- Judge Samuel Seabury appointed to investigate
Magistrates Courts; begins end of Walker administration
1932 -Rothstein murder grand jury dismissed (Feb. 2).
- Seabury interrogates Walker (May 25-26).
- Seabury sends recommendations to Governor Franklin D.
Roosevelt (June 8).
- Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt interrogates Walker
- Jimmy Walker resigns as mayor (Sept. 1).
1938 - Jack Rothstone files an accounting of brother Arnold's
estate, no assets listed (Mar. 1)
|An Arnold Rothstein Chronology