This is a somewhat ill-defined question, but… what human event (ie, not a solar eclipse) has been scheduled furthest in the future? Are there any specific events (including date and time and place) planned into the 2030’s? Are there hotels or convention centers that can be booked decades in advance? Is anything like the handover of Hong Kong to China, or the canal to Panama, upcoming?
(Things like US presidential elections which take place on a predetermined date into perpetuity don’t count, but something like the national party conventions which require a location and precise date would count.)
The B-52 Stratofortress is the primary U.S. long-range strategic bomber. It was conceived in the late 1940’s, the first examples were built in the 1950’s, and all of the current fleet was built by the early 1960’s. It has a current scheduled retirement date of 2044 when the planes themselves will be over 80 years old and the design over 90.
I just like that fact so it popped into my head when I read the question. There may be newer military technology that has a scheduled retirement date much later than that.
I was going to suggest As Slow As Possible.
“The current organ performance of the piece at St. Burchardi church in Halberstadt, Germany, began in 2001 and is scheduled to have a duration of 639 years, ending in 2640.”
But the time pyramid has that beat by over 500 years.
Interesting that both projects are in Germany. Not the area I would have predicted for the most stable political environment.
You can keep typing later and later years into Wikipedia and see what events are planned. I suspect that’s such an easy thing for people to enter, you won’t easily find an end. Kinda begs the question – what does “planned” mean. The multiple life sentences given normal mortal criminals aren’t really planned for release centires or millennia from now.
So how does that work? Do you pass it down to your descendants? I can see it now…
Hundreds of years from now, civilization collapses. The lease payments from Sizzles’ conscientious descendants continue.
Centuries after that, the site of the garage is occupied by a nomad camp. A trader from the coast finds them and succeeds in selling beach wood for animal skins. The trading becomes regular, and a village grows up on the spot. The lease payments continue.
Then an outbreak of neo-malaria sweeps in from the swamps, and everyone flees. The village is abandoned. The lease payments continue.
950 years from now, a researcher in the Sizzles Family Archives finds record of the site. After dots are connected and people realize what the ancient payments mean, the family–by now prosperous rulers of a small kingdom in the Middlelands–mounts an expedition to find the lost garage site. The expedition is unsuccessful, but the lease payments continue.
A second expedition establishes that the garage site is now occupied by a river that had changed course. There is no trace of the nomad camp or village, though older ruins of the ancient city lie nearby. The lease payments continue.
One day in the Year of the Scalded Cat (2992 AD), an archivist realizes that the end of the payments approaches. A celebration is planned. At last the Sizzles Family would be released from its thousand-year bondage! The last payment is arranged to take place on a raft in the river above the garage site. A representative of the Family would hand over the last cheque to a representative of the lease-holder.
On the date, after a grueling week-long journey by caravan from settled parts, everyone gathers at the site. The raft is made ready and launched. Spectators watch from the shore as guards fend off water-monsters. The cheque is handed over amid the flash and bang of fireworks.
1000 years (or more commonly, for some odd reason, 999 years) is a pretty common period for leaseholds on properties. It simply means that when you sell up, you’re not actually selling the title to the land, but the lease on it. And as the lease has hundreds of years left, it’s effectively as good as freehold for most purposes.