January 17 in San Antonio history…
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.
The new Central Catholic High School is dedicated.