October 28 Every Year: International Champagne Day.

October 28, 1919: On this day, the Volstead Prohibition Enforcement Bill, named after Andrew Volstead, a Minnesota Representative, was passed into law by the United States Congress. The bill banned all parts of the production of alcoholic beverages, including sales, and marked the beginning of the period known as Prohibition. The Volstead Act laid the ground for introducing the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution a few months later which prohibited the sale and consumption of intoxicating alcohol. Several loopholes were contained in the legislation concerning wine production. For instance, wine could be produced for religious ceremonies, and individuals could manufacture up to 200 gallons of wine within their own homes every year.

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