It's about nine-tenths as long as The Great Chicago Fire
In other words, 3,000 minutes is 0.9 times the length of The Great Chicago Fire, and the length of The Great Chicago Fire is 1 times that amount.(1871) (Chicago, Illinois)
The Great Chicago Fire started at about 9am and burned for 3,000 minutes between October 8th and October 10th, 1871. Chicago had experienced twenty smaller fires in the 20,000 minutes leading up to the blaze, due to drought conditions, strong winds, and the abundance of wooden buildings at the time.
It's about one-and-a-half times as long as The Battle of Fort Sumter
In other words, 3,000 minutes is 1.5 times the length of The Battle of Fort Sumter, and the length of The Battle of Fort Sumter is 0.67 times that amount.(1861)
The first battle of the American Civil War, the Battle of Fort Sumter began with the shelling of the Fort at 4:30 am on April 12th, 1861 and concluded with the surrender of the Fort by its Commander Robert Anderson at about 1:30pm on April 13th, 2,000 minutes later. The Battle's only casualties were the accidental shootings of two Union soldiers during the surrender ceremony.
It's about half as long as The Voyage of the Titanic
In other words, 3,000 minutes is 0.4532 times the length of The Voyage of the Titanic, and the length of The Voyage of the Titanic is 2.207 times that amount.(a.k.a. RMS Titanic) (1912) (from Southampton, Hampshire, England to near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland)
Four days, 14 hours, and 20 minutes into its maiden voyage, the RMS Titanic had completely sunk after colliding with an iceberg. The sinking was one of the deadliest maritime disasters in peacetime history, resulting in the deaths of 1,517 passengers and crew.
It's about three times as long as The First Transatlantic Flight (Alcock and Brown, 1919)
In other words, 3,000 minutes is 3.1 times the length of The First Transatlantic Flight (Alcock and Brown, 1919), and the length of The First Transatlantic Flight (Alcock and Brown, 1919) is 0.324 times that amount.(John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown) (1919) (first non-stop flight)
In an effort to win a £10,000 prize from London's The Daily Mail, John Alcock and Arthur Brown completed a flight from St. John's, Newfoundland to Connemara, Ireland in 16 hours and 12 minutes in June, 1919. In spite of their fame as aviators, Brown would never fly again after this trip and Alcock would lose his life during a flight to France less than 263,000 minutes later.
It's about three-and-a-half times as long as The First light bulb test (Edison, 1879)
In other words, 3,000 minutes is 3.45 times the length of The First light bulb test (Edison, 1879), and the length of The First light bulb test (Edison, 1879) is 0.29 times that amount.(Thomas Edison's filament Thread No. 9) (1879) (total time)
Lit at 1:30am on October 22nd, 1879, the first Edison completed his first majorly successful test of his light bulb, which continued to burn for 870 minutes until the bulb glass succumbed to the heat and cracked, extinguishing the filament. Within 1,580,000 minutes of his success, Edison was selling 45,000 light bulbs per day to large companies across the country.
It's about one-fourth as long as The Apollo 11 Mission
In other words, 3,000 minutes is 0.256004 times the length of The Apollo 11 Mission, and the length of The Apollo 11 Mission is 3.90619 times that amount.(1969) (total mission length)
The first trip by humans to the surface of the Moon, the Apollo 11 Mission began with the launch of the spacecraft from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 16th, 1969 and concluded with the return of the command module on July 24th, 1969 — a total mission time of 11,718.60 minutes. The total time spent by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin on the Moon's surface was 156.6670 minutes.
It's about six times as long as The Longest Pro Baseball Game
In other words, 3,000 minutes is 5.94 times the length of The Longest Pro Baseball Game, and the length of The Longest Pro Baseball Game is 0.168 times that amount.(1981) (McCoy Stadium, Pawtucket, Rhode Island)
The longest professional baseball game in history — a triple-A game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings — took place between April 18th and 19th, 1981 lasting a total of 8 hours and 25 minutes (and 33 innings). The Red Sox ultimately won the game 3-2, but not before the game set twelve records, including the most plate appearances by a single player - a three-way tie between Tom Eaton, Dallas Williams, and future Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr., all of Rochester.