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5:50am — Happy Days Are Here Again?

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Prohibition ended on this day in 1933 when Utah voted to repeal the 18th amendment.

As we all know, the "Noble Experiment" of Prohibition in the United States that lasted from 1920 to 1933 resulted in the proliferation of a dangerous unregulated substance, the flourishing of organized crime, a rise in violence and widespread moral and political corruption.

Whew! We're glad that all ended on Dec. 5, 1933, with Utah becoming the 36th state to ratify the 21st amendment to the Constitution, overturning the Volstead Act that became the 18th amendment that outlawed the manufacture, transportation, import, export and sale of alcoholic beverages throughout the United States.

Advocates of temperance were so convinced that alcohol was the root of all social evil that when Prohibition was about to go into effect in 1920 that some communities actually closed their jails, according to this online article .

One thing we didn't know as we started this slapdash research was that several other nations tried to put the plug in the jug around the same time as the United States, according to this Wikipedia article. They were mostly nations in the northern latitudes: Russia (and the later Soviet Union) from 1914 to 1925; Iceland, 1915-1922 (though beer was banned till 1989); Norway, 1916-1927 (beer banned from 1917); Finland (1919-1932); and the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island (1901-1948).

There are still some dry counties in the United States. Booze is banned on the vast Navajo Nation and other Indian reservations. And, of course, prohibition continues to hold sway throughout the entire Muslim world.

 

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