The state laws governing the control of alcohol beverages in New Jersey
are unique; they are among the most complex in the United States and
contain many peculiarities not found in other states. New Jersey law
grants individual municipalities substantial discretion in creating
ordinances that regulate the sale and consumption of alcoholic
beverages. A small percentage of municipalities in the state are "dry
towns" that do not allow alcoholic beverages to be sold. Other towns
permit alcohol sales 24 hours a day. The history of taverns and alcohol
production in New Jersey dates to its early colonial period. A local
distillery owner was asked by George Washington for his recipe for
"cyder spirits." With the rise of the temperance movement, New Jersey's
alcohol industry suffered; many breweries, wineries and distilleries
either closed or relocated to other states. The legacy of Prohibition
restricted and prevented the industry's recovery until the state
legislature began loosening restrictions starting in 1981. New Jersey's
alcohol industry is experiencing a renaissance, and recently enacted
laws provide new opportunities for the state's wineries and breweries.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_laws_of_New_Jersey>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Schmalkaldic War: Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, led Imperial
troops to a decisive victory in the Battle of Mühlberg over the
Lutheran Schmalkaldic League of Protestant princes.
The Library of Congress, the de facto national library of the
United States, was established as part of an act of Congress providing
for the transfer of the nation's capital from Philadelphia to
The Woolworth Building opened in New York City as the tallest
building in the world at the time.
The Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire began with the
arrest and deportation of hundreds of prominent Armenians in
Nazi Germany began its persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses by
shutting down the Watch Tower Society office in Magdeburg.
The Provisional Irish Republican Army detonated a truck bomb in
London's financial district in Bishopsgate, killing one person, injuring
44 others and causing £1 billion in damages.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
To abscond or run away, especially to avoid paying money or debts.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
In all things there must be order, but it must of such a kind as
is possible to observe … to see a man burnt for doing as he thought
right, harms the people, for this is a matter of conscience.
--William the Silent