On this day in 1919, at exactly 11:00pm, The Wartime Prohibition Act took effect and became known as “Thirsty-First” of June just one day later on July 1st. This banned beverages with an alcohol content greater than 2.75%.
Beer enthusiasts took to the streets to stock-up on their favorite libations thinking it wouldn’t last long. Instead, the Wartime Prohibition was replaced with an even stricter Prohibition lasting until 1933 (The National Prohibition Act). Many merchants were forced to sell other “beverages” like soda or “moonshine” (illegally, of course). Only the few remained, but most went out of business.
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