Humpday History Highlight

So it’s a day late. Shut yer hole.

It’s been a really busy week, and I’ve been sidetracked through most of it.

I’m still going to use a story from yesterday, though . . . if for no other reason than to frak with your minds.

December 5, 1933 – Prohibition Ends

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.

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.

Par for the course for Mississippi: America’s D-student.

11 thoughts on “Humpday History Highlight

  1. formwiz

    My grandfather died that day, my mother always told me.

    Of a heart attack as he was getting ready to go out for his first legal beer in 14 years.

    I wonder how much of the credit FDR got for the end of Prohibition kept him in office all those years.

  2. Robert B.

    I was a teenager living in Mississippi in the sixties. Prior to ’66, my Dad would send me down to the local store to get his whiskey. After they repealed prohibition there, they started asking for ID, so he had to go there himself.

    Funny how that worked. The owner had to worry about losing his liquor license.

  3. L Frame S&W

    So, When will we repeal the failed prohibition on marijuana? That one has cost us much more in money and lives than prohibition ever did, and puts much more $$ in the cartels pockets that prohibition put into organized crime.

  4. Veeshir

    L Frame, it’s funny how many people accept that prohibition of alcohol was a bad idea and gave rise to criminal elements who also refuse to accept the same for marijuana.

    A winery in NY had one of the best responses to prohibition.
    They sold grape juice with a label that said, “Do not add (x amount) of yeast, (y amount) of sugar and store in a cool, dry place for (z) weeks or you will have wine”.

    That’s all about teh awesome.

  5. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Formwiz – Easily long enough to keep him in until WWII. Then he rode the wave . . .

    Orbitup – Dry areas in Texas. Damned near un-American.

    Robert B. – The bane of red tape.

    L Frame – Hell, legalize all drugs. It would mean a lot less paperwork for me and my co-workers.

    Veeshir – That is sheer and utter brilliance.

    AJ – Absolutely outstanding! I keep forgetting to post about it.

    John D – The Untouchables. Possibly one of the greatest films of all time.

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