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What power instilled fear in New Zealand and forced her to create a system of coastal fortifications?

In 1873, a New Zealand newspaper published a duck about an alleged war between Russia and England, as a result of which a Russian warship entered the port of Auckland, attacked an English ship and captured high-ranking officials. This article raised a panic in the country, which, coupled with Russia's declaration of war on Turkey, forced the government to create a system of coastal fortifications a few years later. Thanks to this "fear of the Russians," New Zealand acquired seventeen forts with the latest weapons.

Authors: Jimmy Wales, Larry Sanger

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Who built the first car?

It is difficult to say who was the first to build a car powered by a gasoline engine. The German Gottlieb Daimler built his first gasoline-powered car in 1887. In the same year, two Frenchmen patented the clutch and gearbox, which have largely survived unchanged in most English cars to this day. Naturally, some British cars now have automatic transmissions, although this innovation is more popular in America.

The English automobile pioneer was F. W. Lanchester, who produced his first automobile in 1895. Two "modern" improvements to this car were pneumatic tires and spoked wheels. From that moment on, the development of the car went very quickly.

Initially, it was difficult to get the attention of potential investors in the production of cars. A young American inventor, Henry Ford, developed a model car that was supposed to be sold at an affordable price.

In the early days of the automobile industry, cars were the privilege of the wealthy, and Ford's experiment was a success. This led to the creation of the world's largest automobile plant, the Ford plant, which made relatively cheap, reliable cars available to people all over the world. Henry Ford introduced two principles into the automotive industry: standardization and mass production.

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