August 27, 1859 CE – The World’s First Commercially Successful Oil Well is Drilled

August 27, 1859 CE – The World’s First Commercially Successful Oil Well is DrilledRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Far in the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania, on a leased stretch of land just outside Titusville – a community of only 250 people – Colonel Edwin L. Drake and William Smith launched the oil industry on August 27, 1859. Using Smith’s skills as a salt well driller, the two managed to tap into a pool of petroleum below the surface and draw oil up in quantities that earned a profit. The world would never look back. For generations, petroleum had been little more than an oddity, seeping up to the […]