The great experiment in social engineering, the 21st amendment to the Constitution, was repealed on this day, December 5, in 1933. It passage in 1918 was hailed as a cure-all of many social evils.
From Wikipedia: "In 1925 journalist H. L. Mencken believed the opposite to be true:
Five years of Prohibition have had, at least, this one benign effect: they have completely disposed of all the favorite arguments of the Prohibitionists. None of the great boons and usufructs that were to follow the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment has come to pass. There is not less drunkenness in the Republic, but more. There is not less crime, but more. There is not less insanity, but more. The cost of government is not smaller, but vastly greater. Respect for law has not increased, but diminished."
So much for all of that. Time to celebrate with a craft cocktail at Sly's restaurant in Carpinteria.