March 8 is International Women's Rights and
International Peace day, better known as International
Women's Day [UN factsheet].
US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. was born on March 8, 1841. Learn more about Justice Holmes and pay a virtual visit to his gravesite at Arlington National Cemetary.
Listen to a rare recording of Justice Holmes speaking on NBC Radio on the occasion of his 90th birthday in 1931.
On March 8, 1917, the U.S. Senate adopted the
cloture rule to limit filibusters. Under Rule
22, two-thirds of Senators could vote to close debate on a
given bill, thereby ending an ongoing filibuster. In 1975, that
number was lowered to three-fifths of the Senate, which amounts to
Read a history of filibuster and cloture from the archives of the U.S. Senate.