How long is 5,700,000 seconds?
It's about as long as Columbus' voyage to America
The length of Columbus' voyage to America is about 6,000,000 seconds.
(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 — 6,000,000 seconds 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 as long as The Voyage of the Mayflower
The length of The Voyage of the Mayflower is about 5,700,000 seconds.
Having left Southampton, England on September 16th (new style), 1620, the Mayflower dropped anchor near Cape Cod, Massachusetts 5,700,000 seconds 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 one-and-three-tenths times as long as The First US Continental Congress
The length of The First US Continental Congress is about 4,400,000 seconds.
(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 4,400,000 seconds. 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 seven-tenths as long as The First spaceflight (Sputnik)
The length of The First spaceflight (Sputnik) is about 7,900,000 seconds.
(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 7,900,000 seconds. During its voyage, it traveled about 70,000,000 km (43,495,983.46 mi), completing an orbit of the planet every 5,800 seconds.
It's about three-fifths as long as The Spanish-American War
The length of The Spanish-American War is about 9,420,000 seconds.
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, 9,330,000 seconds. The Treaty gave the United States control of Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
It's about three-fifths as long as The First artificial heart patient's survival
The length of The First artificial heart patient's survival is about 9,680,000 seconds.
(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 9,680,000 seconds. 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 two times as long as a William Henry Harrison's Presidency
The length of a William Henry Harrison's Presidency is about 2,723,000 seconds.
(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 2,723,000 seconds 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.
It's about four-and-a-half times as long as Boniface VI's reign
The length of Boniface VI's reign is about 1,300,000 seconds.
The Church's enigmatic, shortest-reigning Pope, Boniface VI was pontiff for a period of 1,300,000 seconds in AD 896 before dying under somewhat mysterious circumstances. His election was subsequently pronounced null by Pope John IX because Boniface had been previously defrocked while serving as a Roman priest.
It's about eight times as long as The Apollo 11 Mission
The length of The Apollo 11 Mission is about 703,115 seconds.
(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 1 weeks, 1 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes, and 35 seconds. The total time spent by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin on the Moon's surface was 2 hours, 36 minutes, and 40 seconds.
It's about fourteen-and-a-half times as long as The Voyage of the Titanic
The length of The Voyage of the Titanic is about 397,200 seconds.
(a.k.a. RMS Titanic) (1912) (from Southampton, Hampshire, England to near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland)
397,200 seconds 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 one-fifteenth as long as The Korean War
The length of The Korean War is about 97,460,000 seconds.
(1951-53) (to armistice signing)
The Korean War between North Korea (a.k.a. Democratic People's Republic of Korea, a.k.a. DPRK) and South Korea (a.k.a. Republic of Korea, a.k.a. ROK) began on June 25th, 1950 during the Cold War. The war paused with the signing of an armistice on July 27th, 1953 — 97,460,000 seconds — although the war is officially ongoing and marked by occasional border conflicts.
It's about one-twentieth as long as The US Civil War
The length of The US Civil War is about 126,000,000 seconds.
(a.k.a. War Between the States, a.k.a. the Great Rebellion, a.k.a. the War of the Rebellion) (1861-65) (United States)
The deadliest war in American history, the American Civil War is generally considered to have begun on with the attack on Fort Sumter on April 12th, 1861 and to have lasted until the surrender of Robert E. Lee's army on April 9th, 1865 — 126,000,000 seconds. A total of 620,000 American (including Confederate) soldiers are estimated to have lost their lives due to the war.
It's about one-twenty-fifth as long as The First walk around the world
The length of The First walk around the world is about 135,500,000 seconds.
(1970 - 1974) (Dave, John, and Peter Kunst) (including time in recovery)
On June 20th, 1970, Dave Kunst set out from Waseca, Minnesota with $1,000 and a mule. Kunst completed his walk around the world (with a 10,510,000 seconds pause following an assault he suffered during the journey) on October 5th, 1974 — 135,500,000 seconds.
It's about one-twenty-fifth as long as World War I
The length of World War I is about 138,000,000 seconds.
(a.k.a. First World War, a.k.a. Great War, a.k.a. World War, a.k.a. War to End All Wars, a.k.a. WWI, a.k.a. WW1) (1914 - 1918)
World War I is considered to have begun with the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28th, 1914 and to have lasted until the signing of the armistice with Germany on November 11th, 1918, for a total of 138,000,000 seconds. However, the Treaty of Versailles which ended conflicts between the major powers was not signed until June 28th, 1919 and the last formal peace treaties were not signed until August 23rd, 1923 — 151,000,000 seconds after the armistice was signed.
It's about thirty times as long as The Great Chicago Fire
The length of The Great Chicago Fire is about 200,000 seconds.
(1871) (Chicago, Illinois)
The Great Chicago Fire started at about 9am and burned for 200,000 seconds between October 8th and October 10th, 1871. Chicago had experienced twenty smaller fires in the 1,000,000 seconds leading up to the blaze, due to drought conditions, strong winds, and the abundance of wooden buildings at the time.