March 10, 1963

Missouri’s Supreme Court ends deliberations on “Blue Laws,” which prohibit shopping on Sunday. According to the 137-year-old law, the only items that stores were able to sell were “articles of immediate necessity.” The Supreme Court released its ruling the following day, March 11, stating that the laws were extremely vague and impossible to enforce. However, it took until 1975 before 5% beer could be sold on Sunday.

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

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