These Weeks in History: Hot molasses floods the streets of Boston (1919), Prohibition begins (1919), canned beer first goes on sale (1935), the Sierra Leone civil war ends (2002), the U.S. Supreme Court decriminalizes abortion by handing down their decision in the case of Roe v. Wade (1973). Benjamin Franklin (1706), Edgar Allan Poe (1809), and Susan Sontag (1933) are born.
Note: The archival footage at the beginning comes from the very excellent Prelinger Archives. It features dancers from the Chicago Civic Opera. It's originally from a 1925 newsreel.
Video Location: Chicago, IL
Music by Beirut