Repeal Day is celebrated on December 5th of each year. Repeal day commemorates the anniversary of the day the United States repealed the Eighteenth Amendment and gave Americans the constitutional ability to consume alcohol.
In 1919, the requisite number of legislatures of the States ratified The 18th Amendment to the Federal Constitution, enabling national Prohibition within one year of ratification. Many women, notably the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, had been pivotal in bringing about national Prohibition in the United States of America, believing it would protect families, women and children from the effects of abuse of alcohol.
The proponents of Prohibition had believed that banning alcoholic beverages would reduce or even eliminate many social problems, particularly drunkenness, crime, mental illness, and poverty, and would eventually lead to reductions in taxes. However, during Prohibition, people continued to produce and drink alcohol, and bootlegging helped foster a massive industry completely under the control of organized crime. Prohibitionists argued that Prohibition would be more effective if enforcement were increased. However, increased efforts to enforce Prohibition simply resulted in the government spending more money, rather than less. Journalist H.L. Mencken asserted in 1925 that respect for law diminished rather than increased during Prohibition, and drunkenness, crime, insanity, and resentment towards the federal government had all increased.
The number of repeal organizations and demand for repeal both increased. In 1932, the Democratic Party’s platform included a plank for the repeal of Prohibition, and Democrat Franklin Roosevelt ran for President of the United States promising repeal of federal laws of Prohibition.
The Cullen-Harrison Act, signed by President Franklin Roosevelt on March 22, 1933, authorized the sale of 3.2% beer (thought to be too low an alcohol concentration to be intoxicating) and wine, with the first legal beer sales since the beginning of Prohibition on April 7, 1933. In 1933, the state conventions ratified the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed Amendment XVIII. Federal Prohibitionary laws were then repealed. The amendment was fully ratified on December 5, 1933. Some States, however, continued Prohibition within their jurisdictions. Almost two-thirds of all states adopted some form of local option which enabled residents in political subdivisions to vote for or against local Prohibition; therefore, for a time, 38% of Americans lived in areas with Prohibition. By 1966, however, all states had fully repealed their state-level Prohibition laws, with Mississippi the last state to do so.
Wear Brown Shoes Day is celebrated on December 4th of each year. The staff at National Whatever Day was not able to identify the origin of Wear Brown Shoes Day and have no idea as to why it was established to begin with. We guess someone just really likes brown shoes.
We can only assume that in order to adequately celebrate Wear Brown Shoes Day is to wear brown shoes. We don’t think your brown shoes have to match the rest of your outfit, just as long as your shoes are brown. So, get out there and wear brown shoes.
Santa’s List Day is celebrated on December 4th of each year. The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to discover the origins of Santa’s List Day, however we believe it was established due to the popular Christmas song, Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
He’s making a list
and checking it twice.
He’s going to find out who’s naughty and nice.
Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town.
He sees when you’re sleeping.
He knows when you’re awake.
He knows if you’ve been bad or good.
So be good for goodness sake!
You better watch out!
Better not cry!
Better not pout!
I’m telling you why,
Santa Claus is comin’ to town.
National Roof Over Your Head Day is celebrated on December 3rd of each year. The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to discover the origin of National Roof Over Your Head Day, however we believe it was established as a way to remind us to be thankful for the roof protecting many of us during the winter weather.
One way to celebrate National Roof Over Your Head Day is to simply recognize the comfort provided due to the roof over your head and being thankful for what you have.
National Fritters Day is celebrated on December 2nd of each year. The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to discover the origin of National Fritters Day, however if you have ever had a fritter, you will understand why there is a day to celebrate this tasty treat.
A fritter is any kind of food coated in batter and deep fried. Although very similar to a doughnut it differs in the fact that it requires some base ingredient beyond the dough it is cooked with. There are couple different variations of fritters. There are different variations of fritters. In British fish and chip shops, the fish and chips can be accompanied by fritters, which means a food item (such as a slice of potato, a pineapple ring or an apple ring fried in patter. Clam cakes and crab cakes are another variant of a fritter.