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Gasoline
Gasoline , or petrol , is a toxic, translucent, petroleum-derived liquid that is primarily used as a fuel in internal combustion engines. It consists mostly of organic compounds obtained by the fractional distillation of petroleum, enhanced with a variety of additives. Some gasolines also contain ethanol as an alternative fuel...
Timeline of Events
1886
1.29.1886
Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.
1891
9.20.1891
The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States.
1919
2.25.1919
Oregon places a 1 cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.
1942
7.22.1942
The United States government begins compulsory civilian gasoline rationing due to the wartime demands.
1963
6.11.1963
Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc burns himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam.
1974
1.2.1974
President Richard Nixon signs a bill lowering the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo
2000
7.10.2000
A leaking southern Nigerian petroleum pipeline explodes, killing about 250 villagers scavenging gasoline.