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The production of safety belts in Soviet Union was started in Estonian SSR by NPO Norma which still exists. According to AS Norma website: Our connections with the international automotive industry were established in 1973, the year in which Norma started producing safety belts for cars. The obligation of using safety belts (if a car is equipped with ...


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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first use of the word "van" in print to refer to "A covered vehicle chiefly employed for the conveyance of goods" was in 1829. These were not motor vehicles as we think of vans today, just horse-drawn wagons. See the Wikipedia page for Pantechnicon van for information and a photo of a particular type of English ...


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The seat belts appeared in the Soviet Union in the 1970s, first without enforcing laws, and shortly after the laws were introduced. I do not remember the year when this happened but some time in the late 1970s or early 80s.


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I wasn't able to find a definitive proof yet, but most likely it was because of the largest taxicab company (associated with both livery service AND manufacturing of taxicabs) that was called "Checker Taxi". The 'Checker', particularly the 1956-82 A8/Marathon, remains the most famous taxi cab vehicle in the United States. The vehicle is comparable to the ...


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This isn't a complete answer, but may help. An alternate line of attack is to look at the history and etimology of the word 'Valet' itself. I can't vouch for the reliability of the source, but etymonline.com drops these suggestive titbits: Modern sense is usually short for valet de chambre; the general sense of "male household servant of the meaner sort" ...


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The deadliest road accident not caused by an explosion that I could find took place in Sotouboua, Togo in 1965, where two trucks crashed into a crowd of dancers, killing 125 people. While this is widely reported on many "Deadliest Road Accident" lists (such as this one) the only contemporary source that I could find for it is the 1965 edition of Africa Diary ...



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