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August 10, 1907 – The Peking to Paris race is won
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August 10, 1907 – The Peking to Paris race is won

On January 31, 1907, the Paris newspaper Le Matin issued a challenge to admirers of relatively newfangled machines called automobiles: drive one from China to France. The idea was to show beyond doubt that the automobile was a valuable, necessary means of transportation. The article read, "What needs to be proved today is that as long as a man has a car, he can do anything and go anywhere. Is there anyone who will undertake to travel this summer from Peking to Paris by automobile?" The editors of the paper received an astonishing 40 entries for the unimaginably difficult journey across untamed lands from what is now Beijing to the home of the Eiffel Tower. Above: One of the two DeDior cars that raced from Peking to Paris getting some assistanceTop: Auguste Pons with Oscar Foucault ...
June 7, 2013 – The Xiamen bus fire
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June 7, 2013 – The Xiamen bus fire

On this day in 2013 tragedy struck in Xiamen, Fujian province, China, when a Chinese citizen decided to take his own life in a mass-murder suicide on a local city bus. During the rush hour attack, Chen Shuizong lit the bus on fire, and the flames quickly spread to the gas tank, causing a massive explosion. The event killed 47 people on board the bus and 34 more were injured. Investigations determined the fire broke out in the rear of the bus at 6:22 p.m. local time and was extinguished at 6:50 p.m. Despite the bus running on diesel, traces of gasoline were found on the bus, leading investigators to believe that arson was at play.  The following day, police identified Shuizong as the suspect in what is one of China’s greatest automotive related mass-murders. They had found a su...

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