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December Through The Years
1654- The Connecticut Court prohibits the import of Barbados rum.
1789- The first Bourbon whiskey is distilled by Baptist Minister Elijah Craig in the bluegrass country established as Kentucky County. Craig's corn whiskey would eventually become more popular than rum or brandy in America.
1790- Captain William Bligh arrives in St. Vincent with breadfruit sprouts from Tahiti.
1872- British sugar consumption reaches 47 pounds per capita per year, up from 12 pounds per capita per year in 1780.
1933- Prohibition (The "noble experiment") ends in the United States.
1980- Rum outsells vodka in the United States and outsells whiskey for the first time since the early nineteenth century. All whiskeys except Canadian brands declined in the 70's, while vodka, tequila and rum gained popularity.