December 15 in history:

The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, took effect on December 15th, 1791 when they were ratified by the Virginia legislature.

The 21st Amendment, ending 13 years of Prohibition, took effect on this date in 1933, 10 days after it was adopted.  Many Americans did not wait until the 15th before openly drinking alcohol again.

Government work to enforce Prohibition inspired the TV series “The Untouchables.”  You could call “Miami Vice” a similar show, about cops fighting the drug trade in the 1980s.  “Miami Vice” star Don Johnson was born December 15th, 1949.

New York dairy farmer Max Yasgur said he didn’t like the drugs and “free love” associated with the hippie culture.  But Yasgur, born December 15th, 1919, said young people should have the freedom to hold a music festival on his property.  The Woodstock festival drew half-a-million people to Yasgur’s farm in August, 1969.


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