Then: March 28, 1861
With many vacant seats and no hope for peace, the 37th Congress adjourns without reaching compromise. The next day, Lincoln orders a fleet to Fort Sumter.
Now: August 28-29, 1957
Attempting to prevent a vote on the Civil Rights Act of 1957, Sen. Strom Thurmond delivers the longest filibuster in U.S. history. It lasts 24 hours and 18 minutes.