15 Great Moments In Drunk History

History never repeats. Except the greatest all-time events of Drunk History.

1. Boston Tea Party - December 16, 1773

During the Boston Tea Party, colonists dumped three shiploads of tea into Boston Harbor.
All they had left to drink was booze.

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2. Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride - April 18, 1775

Paul Revere rode through the colonies to warn people that “the British are coming.” He carried a flask with him for sustenance and by the end of the ride it sounded more like “the, uh…the, um, British, man, they’re coming, so like…they’re coming.”

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3. British Surrender at Yorktown - October 17, 1781

The British Army surrendered at Yorktown, leading to our nation’s independence.
The victorious American soldiers immediately began playing flip cup.

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4. Great Seal of the U.S. Adopted by Congress - June 20, 1782

This day in #DrunkHistory: on 6/20, the Great Seal of the U.S. was adopted by Congress after Franklin, Jefferson and Adams opened up the good bourbon and started discussing how weird birds are.

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5. George Washington Inauguration - April 30, 1789

George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States.
He got so hammered celebrating that his powdered wig ended up in a tree.

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6. Star-Spangled Banner Written - September 14, 1814

The Star-Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key.
He got inspiration for his lyrics from multiple bottles of merlot.

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7. Abraham Lincoln Inaugurated as the 16th U.S. President - March 4, 1861

Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as president.
To get through the long ceremony, he kept a secret bottle of gin in his stovepipe hat.

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8. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address - November 19, 1863

Lincoln made his famous Gettysburg Address. During the speech, he drunkenly forgot the word for “eighty” and had to use the more confusing “fourscore” instead.

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9. The Statue of Liberty Gifted to the U.S. - October 28, 1886

The French sent the Statue of Liberty to the U.S. The gift was sent around 2 a.m. with a message asking “you awake?” The French were full of regret the next morning.

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10. Ellis Island Opens - January 5, 1892

Ellis Island opened, welcoming the tired, poor and yearning to be free,
but most of all the thirsty.

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11. U.S. Orchestrates the Signing of the Treaty of Versailles - June 28, 1919

The U.S. orchestrated the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. While brainstorming names for the treaty they had a few too many and ended up saying, “Fuck it, we’ll give it the same name as eight other treaties.”

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12. Prohibition Begins - January 16, 1920

When prohibition began, drinking was suddenly cooler than ever.

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13. Wall Street Crash - October 29, 1929

The stock market crashed, marking the start of the Great Depression.
In the blink of an eye, $1.00 beer night became unaffordable.

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14. Prohibition Ends - December 5, 1933

With the end of prohibition, Americans everywhere did what they’d been
doing for the past 14 years, but stopped being sneaky about it.

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15. Sally Ride Becomes First Woman in Space - June 18, 1983

Sally Ride was the first woman in space and the first person to discover the secret to safely pouring tequila in zero gravity.

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