Tag Archives: Prohibition

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: ALPHONSE “AL” CAPONE (1899)


Alphonse “Al” Capone (1899)

Chicago in the 1920s was a city of vice, corruption, and murder, with gangster leader Capone at the forefront. During Prohibition, Capone operated and organized speakeasies, and his control soon extended to gambling, brothels, and politics. “Scarface” Capone had his rivals murdered, and he forcibly controlled election results throughout Chicago. At the peak of his power, he was arrested—ironically—for tax evasion. He served time in the new Alcatraz prison before being released for what reason? More…

 

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Ecuador Temporarily Bans Alcohol Sales: Methanol and Bootleg Liquor


Ecuador Temporarily Bans Alcohol Sales

In an effort to stop contaminated alcoholic beverages from reaching consumers, Ecuador temporarily banned the sale of alcohol throughout the entire country. Authorities imposed the three-day ban after 21 people died and more than 100 were sickened over the course of a week as a result of drinking bootleg liquor containing methanol, an industrial-grade alcohol that is toxic to humans. Most of the deaths were in Los Ríos province, prompting authorities there to implement an alcohol ban, but after reports of bootleg liquor in other provinces surfaced, the ban was extended nationwide. More… Discuss