- Michael Corleone is honorably discharged from the Marines to recover from war wounds.
- Michael enters Dartmouth College and begins a relationship with Kay Adams.
- Santino Corleone, Jr. is born.
- Benito Mussolini is killed.
- World War II ends.
- Connie Corleone marries Carlo Rizzi. On the same day, Genco Abbandando dies in hospital.
- Aldo Trapani is recruited by Luca Brasi and becomes an associate to the Corleone family, at the request of Trapani's mother.
- Jerry Wagner and Kevin Moonan are hospitalised after being beaten in revenge for their assault on Maria Bonasera.
- Virgil Sollozzo makes an offer to Vito Corleone which is refused. However, Sonny Corleone expresses an interest and Sollozzo attempts to assassinate Vito, after first having Luca Brasi murdered.
- Paulie Gatto is killed.
- Bruno Tattaglia is killed.
- Petie Clericuzio is born.
Real world events
- Cliff De Young born.
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