Seventy-one years ago today, on December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, officially ending Prohibition. The only attempt in our nation’s history to legislate morality, the 18th Amendment, prohibiting alcohol consumption, was a dismal failure on all fronts. No only did it not end alcohol consumption in the United States, it cost the Federal and state governments billions of dollars while it was in effect. The experiment officially ended at 5:32 p.m. EST on December 5, 1933 when the state of Utah voted for repeal. Many of our ancestors were involved in Prohibition, including those in the Temperance Movement that lead up to it, and those who made moonshine and became “rumrunners” while it was in effect. Here are some interesting facts and figures about Prohibition.