Today is Repeal Day, the day we celebrate the repeal of Prohibition by the 21st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment was ratified on December 5, 1933. There are many myths and interesting back stories surrounding both the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) and the 21st Amendment (Repeal).
One of the most prevalent myths is that the 21st Amendment made drinking alcohol legal again in the United States. That’s not exactly true. The 18th Amendment, ratified back in 1920, did not made it illegal to drink alcohol, rather it made it illegal to make, sell, or transport “intoxicating liquors.” Because of this, prior to the ratification of the 18th Amendment many people and business stocked up on liquor.