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January 17 in San Antonio history...

January 17 in San Antonio history...

1917
Oysters are served at the annual alumni meeting of St. Mary’s College, thus beginning the tradition of Oyster Bake.

1920 – Prohibition begins
The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, declaring illegal the production, transport and sale of “intoxicating liquors,” (though not the consumption or private possession), takes effect at midnight.  It was ratified on January 16, 1919 and took effect one year later. It granted both the federal government and the states the power to enforce the ban by “appropriate legislation,” which was provided by the Volstead Act.

1937
City employees are being asked to sign “personal reports” pledging themselves to secure the voting support of their friends for the city administration in the May city elections.  Mayor C. K. Quin claims he does not want anyone working for him who is against him.

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