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Feb
08

On This Day, 2-20-08: Prohibition

1673 – The first recorded wine auction took place in London.

1792 – U.S. President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act thereby creating the U.S. Post Office.

1809 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal government was greater than that of any individual state.

1815 – The USS Constitution, under Captain Charles Stewart fought the British ships Cyane and Levant. The Constitution captures both, but lost the Levant after encountering a British squadron. The Constitution and the Cyane returned to New York safely on May 15, 1815. The Cyane was purchased and became the USS Cyane.

1839 – The U.S. Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.

1873 – The University of California got its first Medical School.

1931 – The U.S. Congress allowed California to build the Oakland Bay Bridge.

1933 – The U.S. House of Representatives completed congressional action on the amendment to repeal Prohibition.

1944 – “Big Week” began as U.S. bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing centers during World War II.

1952 – Emmett L. Ashford became the first black umpire in organized baseball. He was authorized to be a substitute in the Southwestern International League.

1962 – John Glenn made space history when he orbited the world three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. He was the first American to orbit the Earth. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.

1965 – Ranger 8 crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of its surface.

We have seen the evil of the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors in our midst; let us try prohibition and see what this will do for us.
Thomas Jordan Jarvis

Prohibition has made nothing but trouble.
Al Capone

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/prohibition.html

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