On this day: August 28

POSTED: 4:07 PM Aug 27 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Aug 28 2014

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.

OTD August 28 - Strom Thurmond
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Library of Congress

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 stopped 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.

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