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On this day: February 25

POSTED: 08:08 PM PST Feb 24, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 24, 2014 

Samuel Colt patents his revolver, the first black U.S. senator takes his seat, Muhammad Ali wins his first heavyweight title, and Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines, all on this day.

OTD February 25 - gas tax
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1919: Oregon places a one cent per gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax. Early projects funded by the tax included the Pacific Highway from the Washington state line to California and the Columbia River Highway. Colorado and New Mexico would follow Oregon's lead within six weeks and North Dakota did the same later in the year. When New York passed its own state gas tax in 1929, it was the last of the then 48 states to do so. The federal government would levy its own one-cent gas tax for the first time in 1932.

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