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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for January 16

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile AmericaThursday, January 16th. There have been 27 amendments to the U.S. Constitution over the past 223 years, but that total comes with an asterisk. Uniquely, the 21st Amendment repeals the 18th, which began its short career this day in 1919. That amendment launched the Prohibition Era, a well-intentioned act (of social hygiene) seeking to ban the availability of alcoholic beverages. The unintended consequences, though, were perhaps worse — vast flouting of the law by the public and a boost to organized crime. Prohibition was repealed in December 1933. In the no-longer-dry U.S., there are over 30,000 beer, wine and liquor stores, with annual sales over $75 billion. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the America's Economy mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile.

Sources:

http://www.brainyhistory.com/events/1920/january_16_1920_80468.html   
http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/wholesale_retail_trade.html  t. 1048
http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s1062.xls  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_amendments_to_the_United_States_Constitution

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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