How long is 42 days?
It's about four-fifths as long as The First US Continental Congress
The length of The First US Continental Congress is about 51 days.
(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 1 month, 3 weeks. 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 one-and-one-third times as long as a William Henry Harrison's Presidency
The length of a William Henry Harrison's Presidency is about 31.520 days.
(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 31.520 days 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 two-thirds as long as The Voyage of the Mayflower
The length of The Voyage of the Mayflower is about 66 days.
Having left Southampton, England on September 16th (new style), 1620, the Mayflower dropped anchor near Cape Cod, Massachusetts 66 days 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 three-fifths as long as Columbus' voyage to America
The length of Columbus' voyage to America is about 70 days.
(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 — 70 days 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 half as long as The First spaceflight (Sputnik)
The length of The First spaceflight (Sputnik) is about 91 days.
(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 92 days. During its voyage, it traveled about 70,000,000 km (43,495,983.46 mi), completing an orbit of the planet every 0.067 days.
It's about two-fifths as long as The Spanish-American War
The length of The Spanish-American War is about 109 days.
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, 3 months, 2 weeks, and 4 days later. The Treaty gave the United States control of Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
It's about two-fifths as long as The First artificial heart patient's survival
The length of The First artificial heart patient's survival is about 112 days.
(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 112 days. 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 three times as long as Boniface VI's reign
The length of Boniface VI's reign is about 15 days.
The Church's enigmatic, shortest-reigning Pope, Boniface VI was pontiff for a period of fifteen days 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 five times as long as The Apollo 11 Mission
The length of The Apollo 11 Mission is about 8.137910 days.
(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 8.137910 days. The total time spent by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin on the Moon's surface was 0.1087960 days.
It's about nine times as long as The Voyage of the Titanic
The length of The Voyage of the Titanic is about 4.5970 days.
(a.k.a. RMS Titanic) (1912) (from Southampton, Hampshire, England to near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland)
4.5970 days 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 twenty times as long as The Great Chicago Fire
The length of The Great Chicago Fire is about 2 days.
(1871) (Chicago, Illinois)
The Great Chicago Fire started at about 9am and burned for two days between October 8th and October 10th, 1871. Chicago had experienced twenty smaller fires in the 10 days leading up to the blaze, due to drought conditions, strong winds, and the abundance of wooden buildings at the time.
It's about one-twenty-fifth as long as The Korean War
The length of The Korean War is about 1,128 days.
(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 — 3 years, 1 month, and 2 days later — although the war is officially ongoing and marked by occasional border conflicts.
It's about thirty times as long as The Battle of Fort Sumter
The length of The Battle of Fort Sumter is about 1.40 days.
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, 1.40 days later. The Battle's only casualties were the accidental shootings of two Union soldiers during the surrender ceremony.
It's about one-thirty-fifth as long as The US Civil War
The length of The US Civil War is about 1,460 days.
(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 — 3 years, 11 months, and 4 weeks later. A total of 620,000 American (including Confederate) soldiers are estimated to have lost their lives due to the war.
It's about one-thirty-fifth as long as The First walk around the world
The length of The First walk around the world is about 1,568 days.
(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 121.70 days pause following an assault he suffered during the journey) on October 5th, 1974 — 4 years, 3 months, 2 weeks, and 1 day later.