Happy Prohibition repeal today!
Today marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution thanks to the votes in Pennsylvania, Ohio and (oddly enough) Utah. Federal Prohibition officially ended on December 15th, 1933, but the important day is December 5th 1933 as the day it all officially went down.
Incidentally, the only state to actively reject the 21st amendment? South Carolina. Sister state, North Carolina (rumored soon to be home to the east coast branches of Sierra Nevada and New Belgium) rejected holding a convention to consider the amendment. 8 other states never voted one way or the other - Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
To give you an idea of some of the feelings surrounded the run up to Prohibition and the forces at work against liquor, take a look at today's posting from the Big Map Blog - Gospel Temperance Railroad Map - 1908. I think it's interesting that the life of a sinner has a lot more variation in it!