October 28th, 1919, the Volstead Act was passed through Congress. At the time, prohibition was the solution that would put an end to drunkenness, poverty, criminal activity and mental illness.
For 13 long years (beginning January 16th 1920), it was constitutionally banned to manufacture, sell or transport alcohol in the United States.
Long story short, as you can imagine, the plan didn’t work. People drank more, and organized crime increased dramatically.
In 1932, Franklin Roosevelt ran for president. One of his platforms was to repeal prohibition. He was elected and proposed his repeal in March of 1933.
On December 5th, 1933 the 21st amendment was ratified, lifting the ban on alcohol throughout the United States. The modified amendment put the decision in the hands of individual states, to create their own laws.
So, if you needed a reason to have a beer tonight, raise your glass and thank Mr. Roosevelt for putting an end to prohibition, which really helped to set a precedence for the many freedoms we enjoy in this wonderful country of ours.