We Can Drink Again, At Last! Prohibition Is Over!

That’s likely what you would have been shouting on this day, back in 1933. Because December 15, 1933, was the day the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution officially became effective, thus effectively repealing the 18th Amendment, which had effectively established the prohibition of alcohol.


Making today the 79th anniversary of the first day we could drink wine again.

For those of us here in California, it is probably worth noting that we were the 22nd state in the Union to ratify Prohibition; we did so on January 13, 1919; meaning, we were perhaps a little late to the show. However, we were clearly in a bit more of a hurry to end it; we ratified the 21st Amendment on July 24, 1933, making us the 14th state to ratify.

And, of historical note is the fact that the #1 song in the US on that day was the Johnny Mercer-Hoagy Carmichael tune Lazybones.

Hmmm …

Lazybones, sleepin’ in the sun
How you spect to get your day’s work done?
I don’t wanna get my day’s work done
I’m sleepin’ in this noon day sun

What’s it all mean?

Well, clearly, it all means that the best way to celebrate today is to drink a glass of wine, then take a nap.

And a bif hearty cheers to THAT!

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