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.

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