On Jan. 16, 1919, Congress passed the 18th Amendment, outlawing alcohol. Federal Prohibition lasted for 13 years. You watch Boardwalk Empire, so you now what America was like during this period: everyone carried Tommy guns and spoke like gangsters. If you want to get an education on Prohibition, watch Ken Burns’ documentary on this dark, dark period in American history.
Long story short, it was a mess. So on Dec. 5, 1933, Congress came to their senses and repealed Prohibition. The sun shone again, gangsters went back to work as accountants, and Americans were free to practice public intoxication.
Today, we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition with Repeal Day, which could be the easiest holiday to honor. There are no cards to buy, no presents to wrap, no eggs to hide. Simply drink a cocktail. Visit a bar. Buy a six pack of beer. But when you’re celebrating, remember to tip your 40 for all those poor individuals who had to live through 13 years of alcohol tyranny.