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Woolworth Building Opens in New York City

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 to design a new corporate headquarters for his company in Lower Manhattan, opposite City Hall. The project cost $13.5 million, which Woolworth paid in cash. Topping out at 792 ft (241 m), the Woolworth Building was the tallest in the world until 1930, when it was overtaken by what building?



The Assembly Line

The assembly line is a method of manufacturing wherein various mass-produced, identical parts are assembled in a sequential manner to create an end product. The division of labor into simple, individual tasks allows relatively unskilled laborers to serially add pieces together to quickly create a final product that they usually do not get to see. Though 20th-century automaker Henry Ford is often credited with introducing the modern assembly line, crude precursors date all the way back to when?

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William I of Orange

William I of Orange was born to the house of Nassau and became prince of Orange in 1544. Though he initially served the Spanish king as a diplomat, Spanish encroachments on the independence of the Netherlands and the introduction of the Spanish Inquisition led him to turn against Spain. He subsequently led the Dutch revolt that instigated the Eighty Years' War and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces of the Netherlands in 1648. How did he earn the epithet "the Silent"?

Last updated on Thursday, 24th April 2014

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