1919 : Michigan Ratifies the 18th Amendment, Prohibiting the Sale of Intoxicating Liquours in the United States

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Poster from the Prohibition Era, courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

The 18th Amendment, prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors in the United States, was ratified by the Michigan legislature on this day. Michigan actually went dry on May 1, 1918, over a year before the 18th Amendment providing for national prohibition became effective. It was estimated that during the years of Prohibition (until 1933), 75 percent of all the booze smuggled into the United States crossed at the Detroit/Windsor border.

Sources :

Michigan is Amazing

Troy Eller, Archivist for the Society of Women Engineers, “The Windsor-Detroit Funnel: Prohibition in Detroit”, Walter P. Reuther Library Blog, January 17, 2012.

Prohibition in Detroit Photo Gallery, Walter Reuther Library, Wayne State University.