Cheers! Today’s The Day That Prohibition Ended
Raise a glass to the good folks of Utah today. As it turns out, they’re the ones who made it possible for you to do so. On today’s date - back in 1933 - Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st amendment to the US Constitution, hitting the 3/4-of-states mark required for passage, officially ending prohibition.
The 21st amendment repealed the eighteenth, which took effect on January 17, 1920, and made the production, transport and sale of (though not the consumption or private possession of) alcohol illegal.
For the record, Massachusetts was a leader in the movement to get the taps up and running in taverns again. We were the eighth state to ratify the 21st amendment on June 14, 1933.
With the T now set to start running into the wee hours on weekends, one has to wonder if the long standing “prohibition” of drinking in bars after 2am in Boston is now poised to end as well.
If you want to know more about prohibition - and see heaps of great photos and footage of the era - check out Ken Burns’ reliably (and predictably) thorough three part doc, Prohibition.