04 December 2006

Eat Drink and Be Merry


December 5, 1933

Prohibition ended on this date thanks to a state where almost no one but the tourists drink. Be sure to thank Mitt Romney if you bump into him on the campaign trail. He may be running on empty against McCain and Giuliani, but at least the attempt can be toasted with high octane egg nogs for the holidays.

The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment and bringing an end to the era of national prohibition of alcohol in America. At 5:32 p.m. EST, Utah became the 36th state to ratify the amendment, achieving the requisite three-fourths majority of states' approval. Pennsylvania and Ohio had ratified it earlier in the day.

On January 29, 1919, the 18th Amendment achieved the necessary three-fourths majority of state ratification. Prohibition essentially began in June of that year, but the amendment did not officially take effect until January 29, 1920.

In the meantime, Congress passed the Volstead Act on October 28, 1919, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto. The Volstead Act provided for the enforcement of Prohibition, including the creation of a special Prohibition unit of the Treasury Department. Prohibition, failing fully to enforce sobriety and costing billions, rapidly lost popular support in the early 1930s.

In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, ending national Prohibition. After the repeal of the 18th Amendment, some states continued Prohibition by maintaining statewide temperance laws. Mississippi, the last dry state in the Union, ended Prohibition in 1966.

7 comments:

Colorado Bob said...

Well, it looks like the same site .... Any trouble with doing it ?

Playing with the Pixen program this morning :

Bad Day in Lubbock

Jamie said...

No trouble with the migration, but I don't see any new bells and whistles in the create area.

When I tried to add a red ribbon it said I had to upgrade to layout. Naturally they did not explain what this is or include any directions on how to do this.

What is it about programmers that makes them think everyone knows what they are talking about? :-)

colorado bob said...

Another casualty of the move ..... My Test Bed is gone too.

colorado bob said...

Turn the comments moderation off.

Jamie said...

I turned off the comments moderation. At one point when I wanted to add a red ribbon, it said I had to turn it on.


Ignore what I said about user name in the email. Nothing has changed, they were just trying to confuse me.

Jamie said...

CBob,

What is the business "You must upgrade to "layouts" business? Huh? What!!!!!

Except for you, I HATE PROGRAMMERS

enigma4ever said...

Cbob- come over to Watergate Summer- go to blogroll and then go visit KVATCH on my blogroll- he is wise and helpful...