Today In History- July 22

Today In History- July 22


The U.S. government begins compulsory civilian gasoline rationing due to the wartime demands.

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Gasoline rationing begins in U.S. as WWII looms.

  • Washington D.C., USA

As part of the U.S. government rationing program during World War Two, on July 22, 1942, compulsory civilian gasoline rationing was instituted in the United States.  Gasoline shortages were especially prominent in the eastern United States, and as most gasoline was delivered by tanker, the situation was more precarious with the prevalence of U-Boats in the Atlantic.  U.S. citizens were allotted certain ration cards, stipulating the purchase of a specific, limited amount of gasoline.  Despite oil pumping in Texas, the amount of gasoline in circulation was limited, especially in the heavily urbanized cities of the Atlantic seaboard.

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