The sewing machine is a device that stitches cloth and other materials. An attempt at mechanical sewing was made in England in 1790 with a machine having a forked, automatic needle that made a single-thread chain, but it was American inventor Elias Howe who made the first successful machine in 1846, using an eye-pointed needle and an intermittent feed. Isaac M. Singer, who is often credited with inventing the machine, patented what improvements to the device?
Back in the day
The 60-story Woolworth Building is one of the oldest and most famous skyscrapers in New York City. It was constructed in the neo-Gothic style by architect Cass Gilbert, who was commissioned by Frank Woolworth in 1910 to design a new corporate headquarters in Lower Manhattan, opposite City Hall. Construction cost $13.5 million, which Woolworth paid in cash. The Woolworth Building was the tallest in the world until 1930, when it was overtaken by what building?
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William I of Orange was born in the House of Nassau and became prince of Orange in 1544. He was reared a Roman Catholic and served the Spanish king, but Spanish encroachments on the independence of the Netherlands and the introduction of the Spanish Inquisition led him to turn against the king. He subsequently led the Dutch revolt that set off the Eighty Years' War and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces in 1648. Why was he known as "William the Silent?"