Parts of the federal government closed at midnight on Dec. 22 after Congress and President Trump failed to reach an agreement to fund some agencies’ operations because of Trump’s insistence on spending billions for a border wall. By Sunday, the partial shutdown will have lasted 30 days — the longest in U.S. history. But the previous shutdowns aren’t the only things this impasse has outlasted. Here are some other events that were over sooner.
Time: Six days
It’s known as the Six-Day War.
Time: Between eight and 15 days
The annual race covers nearly 1,000 miles between Anchorage and Nome, Alaska, often through blizzard conditions.
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Time: 11 days
Trump hired him on July 21, 2017, and pushed him out on July 31. It was the shortest tenure of any White House communications director in history.
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Time: Eight days
The first astronauts to walk on the moon left Earth on July 16, 1969, and returned on July 24.
Time: 28 days
In presidential election years, though, it’s 29 days.
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Time: 20 to 22 days
Baby wombats, called “joeys,” are the size of a jelly bean at birth. They continue to grow in their mother’s pouch for eight more months.
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Time: One day
A barbed-wire fence went up just before midnight on Aug. 13, 1961, known as “Barbed Wire Sunday” in Germany. Concrete slabs replaced it within weeks.
Time: 20 days
It was made for about $320,000 that May.
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Time: Nine days
Lady Jane Grey reigned from July 10 to July 19, 1553, though her claim to the throne was disputed.
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Time: 21 days
U.S. newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst paid $200,000 for the exclusive media rights to the flight in 1929.
Time: Nine days
They got married in Las Vegas at 7 a.m. on Nov. 14, 1998. Rodman filed a two-page request for an annulment soon after. His lawyer said they hadn’t seen each other since the wedding day.
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Time: Ten days (and counting?)
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