It's about as long as The Spanish-American War
In other words, 156,000 minutes is 0.994 times the length of The Spanish-American War, and the length of The Spanish-American War is 1.0 times that amount.(1898)
The War between Spain and the United States over the liberation of Cuba began on April 25th, 1898 and lasted until the signing of the Treaty of Paris on August 12th, 1898, 156,000 minutes. The Treaty gave the United States control of Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
It's about as long as The First artificial heart patient's survival
In other words, 156,000 minutes is 0.967 times the length of The First artificial heart patient's survival, and the length of The First artificial heart patient's survival is 1.0 times that amount.(1982) (Dr. Barney Bailey Clark; first permanent, pneumatic device)
On December 2nd, 1982 Dr. William DeVries implanted the first artificial heart into Dr. Barney Bailey Clark, who went on to live for 161,000 minutes. This early model of the artificial heart was controlled and powered by an external, 146.51 kg (323 lb) machine that Dr. Clark had to cart with him as he moved throughout the hospital.
It's about one-and-one-fifth times as long as The First spaceflight (Sputnik)
In other words, 156,000 minutes is 1.2 times the length of The First spaceflight (Sputnik), and the length of The First spaceflight (Sputnik) is 0.83 times that amount.(a.k.a. Sputnik 1, a.k.a. Спутник-1, a.k.a. "Satellite-1", a.k.a. Простейший Спутник-1) (1957) (total time in orbit)
Launched from Kazakhstan in 1957, Sputnik was the first artificial satellite placed into orbit around Earth, where it remained for 130,000 minutes. During its voyage, it traveled about 70,000,000 km (43,495,983.46 mi), completing an orbit of the planet every 96.2 minutes.
It's about one-and-three-fifths times as long as The Voyage of the Mayflower
In other words, 156,000 minutes is 1.6 times the length of The Voyage of the Mayflower, and the length of The Voyage of the Mayflower is 0.63 times that amount.(1620)
Having left Southampton, England on September 16th (new style), 1620, the Mayflower dropped anchor near Cape Cod, Massachusetts 95,000 minutes later on November 21st (new style), 1620. The voyagers had planned to travel in a convoy of two ships, but the smaller Speedwell was found to be leaking (evidently as a result of sabotage) and all passengers had to be moved to the Mayflower instead.
It's about two times as long as Columbus' voyage to America
In other words, 156,000 minutes is 2 times the length of Columbus' voyage to America, and the length of Columbus' voyage to America is 0.5 times that amount.(1492) (first voyage)
Attempting to find a western route to Asia, Christopher Columbus set sail on August 3rd, 1492 and landed in the Bahamas on October 12th — 100,000 minutes later. After one of Columbus' ships, the Santa Maria ran aground in present-day Haiti, he ordered that the timber be used to used to build a fort and settlement called La Navidad; it remains missing to archaeologists to this day.
It's about two times as long as The First US Continental Congress
In other words, 156,000 minutes is 2.1 times the length of The First US Continental Congress, and the length of The First US Continental Congress is 0.48 times that amount.(1774) (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
The First Continental Congress — which included such notable members as Samuel Adams, Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry, John Jay and George Washington — met from September 5th to October 26th, 1774 — a total of 73,000 minutes. Of the thirteen original American colonies in existence at the time, only the Province of Georgia sent no delegates to the Congress.
It's about three-and-a-half times as long as a William Henry Harrison's Presidency
In other words, 156,000 minutes is 3.437 times the length of a William Henry Harrison's Presidency, and the length of a William Henry Harrison's Presidency is 0.291 times that amount.(a.k.a. William Henry Harrison, a.k.a. "Tippecanoe," a.k.a. "Old Tippecanoe") (1841)
Having caught pneumonia and pleurisy early in his term as President of the United States, William Henry Harrison died after 31 days, 12 hours, and 30 minutes in office. Following his death, Congress approved a Presidential widow's pension for Harrison's wife, Anna Symmes, who received a year's worth of Harrison's presidential salary — $25,000 — and the right to free postage for the remainder of her life.