Prohibition Remembrance Day

Prohibition Remembrance Day is observed next on Thursday, January 16th, 2025 (183 days from today).

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Prohibition Remembrance Day in USA is annually celebrated on January 16 or in the second decade of the month January.

Prohibition Remembrance Day History

The Eighteenth Amendment prohibits the production, transportation, and sale of alcohol. On January 16, 1919, it was ratified by several key states, but did not go into effect for another year. Prohibition Memorial Day celebrates the ratification and implementation of the Prohibition, and the nearly fourteen years that U.S. citizens have lived by it.

The moderates, who wanted to abstain from alcohol completely, came up with a ban after many years of work. In general, the movement has close ties to the church. One of the main groups that played a key role in the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment was the Christian Women's Union (WCTU), which believed an amendment would protect children, women and families from the alcohol effects such as poverty, crime, mental illness, and drunkenness. Another important moderate group is the Anti-Saloon League, which first adopted alcohol by banning its sale at the state level. The war against alcohol has been dramatized by campaigners like Carrie Nation, who have traveled across the country smashing pubs. By the time the amendment went into effect, many states already had laws banning the book, which enabled the final amendment to pass. For example, in 1916, 23 states had laws against pubs, and some banned alcohol production.

On August 1, 1917, the United States Senate passed a resolution with the language of the prohibition amendment, and on December 17, 1917, the House of Representatives passed an amendment resolution. The next day, the Senate passed the revised version and it was sent to the states for ratification. On January 16, 1919, the amendment officially made Nebraska the 36th state to ratify this. Accordingly, the consumption of alcohol is not prohibited, but the production, transportation or sale of alcohol is. However, there was a rule that it could not take effect immediately, so it was not until January 17, 1920, that it began to be implemented. To enforce the amendment and determine what drinks are considered "intoxicating alcohol", the Volstead Act was passed by Congress, overcoming a presidential veto.

The amendment caused quite a bit of controversy during its thirteen years of existence, and public pressure eventually led to its repeal. There have been debates about its positive and negative qualities during its implementation, just as there have been since it was abolished. Overall alcohol consumption has decreased during that time, the rate of cirrhosis in men has decreased, and psychiatric hospitalizations for problems surrounding alcohol have also decreased. There is some indication that violent crime in general did not increase significantly during Prohibition, and many people decided to follow the Prohibition when it went into effect.

Although alcohol consumption has generally declined, in some areas more people drink and they drink more. This has fueled an underground loot mining industry controlled by organized crime groups like the Mafia, as well as other gangs. Some policemen were bribed, and some politicians were ignored. However, many people have been prosecuted for breaking alcohol laws, which overloads the justice system. While smuggling is rampant, gambling and prostitution are also on the rise.

In the cities, there are many pubs, or underground drinking establishments, but in the countryside and in the working class, drinking has largely shifted from being in a bar to becoming a part of family life, reflected in the increased production of "gin" and the moon. There are also many cases of alcohol re-distillation in things like perfumes and paints, which are toxic materials.

Banning is also very expensive. A large amount of money was spent on enforcement, and tax revenue was lost due to the lack of alcohol sales. As the Great Recession began towards the end of the decade, it was difficult to justify the Prohibition when the economic benefits of its repeal could be seen.

Many groups were formed to repeal Prohibition, such as the Association against Prohibition (AAPA). Many women joined the abolition movement, after they saw the devastation of alcohol amplified by the amendment itself. The National Women's Organization for Prohibition Reform (WONPR) has attracted 1.5 million members, many of whom previously supported Prohibition, but now see it as a cause of corruption, violent crime and underground drinking. Many members also said that when children see people disobeying the law, it can negatively affect them. WONPR, AAPA and other groups have come together to form the Uniform Abolition Council. The board lobbied at the Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1932, and the Democratic platform eventually included a plan calling for the repeal of the Prohibition, and candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt said he would work to repeal the Ban.

After Roosevelt was elected, he signed the Cullen-Harrison Act on March 22, 1933, which legalized 3.2% alcohol beer and liquor, and went into effect on April 7 - today recognized celebrated in the United States is National Beer Day. Congress proposed the 21st Amendment on February 20, 1933 and state conventions ratified it, the last time doing so on December 5, 1933, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment.

How to Celebrate Prohibition Remembrance Day

Celebrate Prohibition Remembrance Day with a drink! Or, most of all, why not have a Prohibition party? Ask your guests to wear antique costumes and they come in and out of your home through the back door. Encourage them to bring along some of the imported spirits used in the partying of the era, such as Caribbean rum, Canadian whiskey and British gin; Make sure they carry them in brown bags or jars, so they don't get caught! You can be a bartender and serve some of the most popular drinks of the Prohibition era. Really make your party live with some music from that period. In case your guests run out of alcohol, pre-mix some gin or gin in the tub and hide in your tub.

If you don't want to turn your home into a pub, sip a drink and spend time reading the Eighteenth and Twenty-first Amendments, watch Ken Burns' Prohibition, or read a book about time. Planning a trip to the Cocktail Museum of America can also be a fun idea!


Prohibition Remembrance Day has been observed annually on January 16th.


Monday, January 16th, 2023

Tuesday, January 16th, 2024

Thursday, January 16th, 2025

Friday, January 16th, 2026

Saturday, January 16th, 2027

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