Though their names might not be familiar, many should be raising a pint to former Sen. Pat Harrison and Rep. Thomas Cullen this Saturday.
They sponsored the “Cullen-Harrison Act,” which marked the beginning of the end of prohibition in the U.S. This amended the “Volstead Act“—which prohibited the manufacturing and selling of alcohol in the U.S.—and made it legal to produce, buy, sell and consume alcohol of up to 3.2 percent alcohol by volume.
It was signed March 22, 1933, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and went into effect April 7, 1933. “I think this would be a good time for a beer,” President Roosevelt said after signing the legislation.
This led to the end of prohibition just eight months later, on Dec. 5, 1933.