6 thoughts on “It’s the 100 year anniversary!”

  1. In December 1931, Winston Churchill, while in the U.S. for a lecture tour, failed to look the right way when crossing a street in New York City and was struck by a car and seriously injured.  After two weeks in hospital and some recovery time in the Bahamas, he returned to the U.S. to resume the tour.  But the thought of Prohibition on top of his still-aching injuries was too much.  He obtained the following “doctor’s note” from the physician who admitted him to the hospital after the accident.

    Winston Churchill: medicinal alcohol letter

    Prohibition was repealed on December 5th, 1933, when the twenty-first amendment was ratified.

    Now for a couple of Prohibition trivia questions:

    1. Which state’s ratification in 1919 of the eighteenth amendment put Prohibition into effect?
    2. Which state’s ratification in 1933 of the twenty-first amendment repealed Prohibition?

    Answers are in my review of Daniel Okrent’s Last Call.

  2. 10 Cents:
    Are you celebrating the beginning of prohibition, Gerry?

    OMG Ten Cents, I am so mistaken! I thought it was 100 years since it was repealed! Since you corrected me, I’ll drink to that also!


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