Trivia Question 8/29/13 – Longest Filibuster

U.S. Senator Strom ThurmondOn this date in history…

On August 29, 1957, Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set the filibuster record in the U.S. Senate.  Sen Thurmond filibustered against the Civil Rights Act of 1967.  In a filibuster, a senator may continue to speak indefinitely to prevent a final vote on the bill.  Some read the phone book, cite recipes  or read the Declaration of Independence.

Question:

How long did the longest Senate filibuster last?

Answer:

24 hours 18 minutes

EXPLANATION:

The record for the longest filibuster goes to U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, who began speaking at 8:54 p.m. on Aug. 28 and continued until 9:12 p.m. the following evening, reciting the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, President George Washington’s farewell address and other historical documents along the way.

In all, Thurmond spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes against the Civil Rights Act of 1957, according to U.S. Senate records.

Thurmond was not the only lawmaker to filibuster on the issue, however. According to Senate records, teams of senators consumed 57 days filibustering between March 26 and June 19, the day the Civil Rights Act of 1957 passed.

Net Check In’s:

Tonight’s Net had 29 people check in and try to answer the Trivia Question.  Only 1 person had the correct answer (Google much?).  Anyway, we’ll give credit to those who said anything around 24 hours.  So, congratulations to:

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