This Day in Cultural History: Eleanor Roosevelt Informs News Reporters That Beer Would Be Served At The White House

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On April 3rd, 1933, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt informed newspaper reporters that beer would be served at the White House. This followed the March 22 legislation that legalized “3.2” beer. The Cullen–Harrison Act, legalized beer with an alcohol content of 3.2 percent along with wine that had a low content as well. Imagine this day in history, alcohol becomes legal again, and the streets erupt in alcoholic chaos. Gangsters might not have been too happy, but they knew this day was coming, so they started selling drugs. This left gangsters with no shot at getting the police or politicians on their side and that is why mob families are not as prominent in today’s culture. But this is what people probably looked like once liquor became legal again:

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