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This Week in Petroleum History, January 26 to February 1

Bertha Benz in 1888 drives her husband’s gasoline-powered auto, bringing worldwide attention and its first sales. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, January 19 to January 25

A 1965 patent by Howard Shatto Jr. for a robot “underwater manipulator” will lead to the modern remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, January 12 to January 18

The ram-type blowout preventer is patented in 1926, helping bring an end to dangerous and wasteful oilfield gushers. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, January 5 to January 11

“Spindletop viewing her Gusher” celebrated a January 1901 Texas oil discovery that launched the modern petroleum industry. Read More


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Petroleum history news & EVENTS

Crude History of Maybel’s Eyelashes

Crude History of Maybel’s Eyelashes: Few associate oil wells of the 1860s with women’s smiling faces, but they are fashionably related. Read More

Blue Flame Natural Gas Rocket Car

The Blue Flame – Natural Gas Rocket Car: On October 23, 1970, natural gas powered the Blue Flame into the world land-speed record books. Read More

America on the Move

America on the Move: The Smithsonian Institution’s permanent transportation exhibition features “Route 66.” Read More

First Wyoming Oil Well

In 1883, tales of a fabled “tar spring” may have inspired a wildcatter – Pennsylvanian Mike Murphy – to drill Wyoming’s first oil well. Read More