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Ford's Assembly Line Ushers in Era of Mass Production

Henry Ford, an American engineer, introduced the world's first moving assembly line at the Ford Motor Company's Highland Park plant. The new technology reduced chassis assembly time from 12½ hours to less than 3; however, these innovations were hard on the factory workers, and many left the company. Ford's innovative solution to his employee turnover crisis was simple; he doubled pay and reduced shifts by one hour. By 1920, what percentage of cars in the US were Model T Fords?



The Shabak

The Shin Bet, now known as the Shabak, was founded as a branch of the Israeli Defense Forces when Israel declared its independence. It is one of three principal organizations of the Israeli Intelligence Community and is responsible for monitoring terrorist organizations and interrogating terror suspects. The Shabak has recently been criticized for its excessively violent interrogation techniques and for lying about evidence gathering. What was the “Kav 300 Affair”?

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Woody Allen

Allen is an American actor, writer, and director. He began his career writing for television comedians and performing in nightclubs. His early film comedies, which often depict neurotic urban characters preoccupied with sex, death, and psychiatry, include Sleeper and Annie Hall. Much of Allen's later work in comedy and drama explores these themes as well as the various other preoccupations of sophisticated New Yorkers. How many Academy Award nominations has Allen received?

Last updated on Saturday, 1st December 2007

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