International Women's Rights Day

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.

Senate adopts cloture rule

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 sixty Senators.

Read a history of filibuster and cloture from the archives of the U.S. Senate.

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