Pepsi and UPS are born, Emmett Till is murdered, Martin Luther King Jr. shares his dream, and Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce, all on this day.
1957: U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond (seen here in 1961) begins a filibuster to prevent the Senate from voting on the Civil Rights Act of 1957. He stops speaking 24 hours and 18 minutes later, the longest filibuster ever conducted by a single senator. Cots were brought in from a nearby hotel for the legislators to sleep on while Thurmond discussed increasingly irrelevant and obscure topics, including his grandmother's biscuit recipe.
National Archives and Records Administration
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