This Week in Automotive History: Feb. 25-March 2
Feb. 25, 1908
Hudson tunnel opens: A railway tunnel opens under the Hudson River.
Feb. 26, 1907
BP formed: Royal Oil and Shell merge to form British Petroleum, or BP.
Feb. 27, 1934
Ralph Nader is born: Consumer advocate Ralph Nader, known in the automotive world for his role in advocating against Ford and GM, is born.
Feb. 28, 1940
Mario Andretti is born: Racing legend Mario Andretti, whose career lasted 50 years, is born in Montona, Italy.
Feb. 29, 1932
Masten Gregory born: American F1 driver is born in Kansas City, Ms. He went on to participate in 43 World Championship races.
March 1, 1897
Pioneering U.S. automobile manufacturer formed: Alexander Written establishes Winton Motor Carriage Company in Cleveland, Ohio.
March 2, 1949
First streetlight: The first automatic streetlight is unveiled in New Milford, Conn.