ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
January 16, 1919
The United States Ratifies the Eighteenth
Amendment to the Constitution Making
Intoxicating Liquor Illegal in the U.S.
On this day in 1919, the United States Congress ratified the eighteenth amendment to the constitution banning
the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquor.
This brought about the era of Prohibition in the United States from 1920 to 1933. Prohibition became increasingly
unpopular during the Great Depression and the Amendment was finally repealed with the ratification of the
Twenty-first Amendment on December 5, 1933.
The Eighteenth Amendment is the only amendment to the U.S. Contitution ever to be repealed.