December 5, 1933: Prohibition Ends
On this day in 1933, prohibition ended with the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which achieved the mandatory three-fourths majority of states’ approval with support from Utah, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
Subsequently, the 18th Amendment was repealed after it was passed during the prohibition and temperance movements in the early 19th century. This activism initially stemmed from the concern about the effects of alcohol abuse.
Check out a video collection from Ken Burns’s Prohibition film to discover the rise and fall of the prohibition era.
Photo: Agents pour liquor into sewer following a raid ca. 1921 (Library of Congress).
A toast to the anniversary of Prohibition’s end! After work hours, of course.
Cal Worthington and his “dog Spot” in 1974. The Southern California legend of car sales died Sunday at 92.
When Worthington prepared to make his TV debut, he conceived an ad that teased his rivals while also poking fun at himself. But instead of man’s best friend, he chose a gorilla, which appeared on camera acting very undog-like while chained to the bumper of a car.
"Speak, Spot," Worthington told the beast. The gorilla roared, the audience howled. And "business about tripled" after the commercials began airing, he said.
Worthington “was a marketing and advertising genius,” said marketing consultant and teacher Larry Londre, who grew up in Los Angeles appreciating the circus flair of the commercials. “He created what you would call a unique selling proposition. Instead of selling cars he sold a personality.”
The Times obituary by Martin Miller and Elaine Woo has many more colorful stories, a photo gallery and a video that includes clips of Worthington’s famous commercials.
(Photo: Cal Worthington in a TV studio on Jan. 29, 1974. Credit: Marianna Diamos / Los Angeles Times file)
Ten Years Ago- Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?
Deprived of ‘Extreme Makeover,’ New Yorkers drank up all the cold beer in the bars, then started on the warm; lit bonfires in the park and danced. And then they lay down under the stars and hoped for a breeze.
10 years ago!
3 winning Powerball tickets sold for $448 million jackpot
The Star-Ledger: Three winning tickets were sold for Wednesday night’s Powerball jackpot of $448 million. Lottery officials say two tickets were sold in New Jersey and one in Minnesota.
Prior to Wednesday night, the Powerball losing streak stretched more than six weeks, stirring up lottery fever across the nation as the jackpot continued to soar to astronomical heights.
The winning numbers were: 5, 25, 30, 58 and 59, and the Powerball was 32
The jackpot is reportedly the fourth largest in U.S. lottery history.
Photo credit: Len Melisurgo / The Star-Ledger
WHERE’S THE BEEF? IN THAT PETRI DISH, ACUTALLY A hamburger patty made from cow muscle grown in a laboratory was fried, served and eaten during a demonstration in London on Monday. The experiment, paid for by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, represents the first step in providing “high-quality protein for the world’s growing population while avoiding most of the environmental and animal welfare issues related to livestock production,” according to the New York Times. Not addressed: the world’s growing gag reflex at seeing their Big Mac plop out of a petri dish. (Photos: David Parry / PA via EPA [top]; Toby Melville / Reuters, both via the New York Times)
This is the most disgusting thing in the world. If this is the future of meat I don’t want anything to do with meat ever again.
Source: The New York Times