28 October 1919
On this date in 1919…
Congress passed the Volstead Act prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors.” Moonshining instantly became a big business in the Southern hills.
- 1793 – Eli Whitney applied for a patent for his cotton gin.
- 1863 – Confederate General James Longstreet’s division engaged federal troops at Wauhatchie, Tennessee, in rare night attack. A total of 865 were killed or wounded.
- 1904 – The St. Louis Police Department became the first to use fingerprinting.
- 1962 – Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informed the U.S. that he had ordered the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
- 1965 – The 630 foot high Gateway Arch was completed in St Louis, Missouri.
- 1981- Edward M McIntrye was elected as the first black mayor of Augusta, Georgia.
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