Moonshine – Today In Southern History

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. 


Other Years:

  • 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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